One of the activity areas of the Foundation is to support the operation of psychology rooms at military hospitals. Our team fills such rooms with equipment and furniture for efficient individual and group therapeutic sessions. On the mindynet.com platform, full-time military hospital psychologists can:
- get free training
- improve their professional qualification
- have supervision
- study contemporary world literature in psychology and NATO-approved aid protocols in Ukrainian.
While wounded soldiers are in rehabilitation at a hospital, their family members may be offered free consultations, either group or individual sessions, with psychologists working for our Foundation. Working with soldiers' families is also important because many combatants, after being in a combat zone, may show symptoms of depression, acute reaction to battle stress or injury, and anxiety disorder. There is also a risk of them developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The resumption of positive relationships with relatives and friends will, in particular, also help soldiers adapt to a peaceful life. Having talked to our experts, the family members will know how to contribute to the soldier's adaptation and will be able to timely reveal a pattern of behavior showing that he/she may be developing PTSD.
Furthermore, the Foundation also helps critical infrastructure workers and their families, in particular the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU), utility workers and volunteers. At the time of war, they work in extremely difficult and exhausting conditions, which may also have an adverse effect on their mental health.
Post-Hospital Psychological Help for Soldiers and Their Families. Employment
Helping with socialization upon return from the combat zone
According to global statistics, every fifth combatant suffers from nervous and mental disorders; among those who were wounded and maimed, it is every third. The gravest consequences can be seen several months after return from the front line: frequent conflicts with family members, relatives and co-workers, outbursts of rage, alcohol and drug abuse. Due to mental instability, an insignificant loss or difficulty may drive a person to suicide. Our experts help soldiers and their families go through this difficult stage of rehabilitation and socialization in the "civilized world" together. We also carry out awareness-building activities and explain that such behavior is a temporary trauma that has to be treated.
Apart from the traditional protocols used in this field of work, we employ art therapy, hippotherapy, and occupational therapy, involve and integrate soldiers into sports. Where necessary, we help them with prosthetics in Ukraine and abroad under partnership programs.
Helping with studies and employment
Other mental phenomena that may be experienced by veterans include pessimistic conditions and feelings of neglect by people around, loss of meaning in life or loss of self-confidence. Work can help avoid such consequences; therefore, along with the therapy, our Foundation cares about the employment of soldiers, their education, mastering of new professions, particularly in the field of IT.
Psychological help for refugees
Our Foundation also works with refugees. Millions of Ukrainians who were forced to leave their homes have to cope with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder on their own. Many of them witnessed the atrocities committed by the invaders or were at the war's epicenter.
We pay particular attention to working with children and teenagers. Due to children's and teenagers' unshaped psyche and weak volitional control of emotional reactions, the war experience may adversely affect their future life. Insomnia and mental tension lead to behavioral disorders on the social and interpersonal level, which manifests itself in the low need for achievements, poor school results, inclination to conflicts, and social disadaptation. Our experts are ready to help them cope with anxiety and uncertainty and comfortably adjust to the new realities of life.
The fund helps servicemen and their family members* to get legal advice on the following issues:
- Advice and assistance in obtaining material aid and cash payments for members of the military servants and their families;
- Assistance in tracing missing soldiers;
- Advising on the possibility of changing the conditions of military service;
- Advising soldiers and their families on other martial law matters.
*Please note that free-of-charge consultations are provided only to soldiers and members of their families upon provision of the appropriate confirmation: military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other formed military and voluntary formations, officers of special-purpose law enforcement bodies - the National Police of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, volunteers of the Territorial Defense troops and Volunteer Formations of Territorial Communities.
Rules for providing legal consultancy aid:
- Legal consultancy aid is provided by a lawyer;
- After receiving the Application for legal consultancy, the Lawyer undertakes to contact the Client during business hours (from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.);
- Oral online consultation (without meeting) on 1-2 legal issues is provided free of charge;
- If it is necessary to study the issue by the lawyer, the response may be delayed for 1-2 working days;
- At his own request, the lawyer can provide other types of legal assistance free of charge (personal meeting, written consultation, preparation of procedural documents, etc.);
- In the case of the need to provide services that are not free - the issue of payment for the services of a lawyer can be agreed and paid with the help of the Foundation (which will be discussed in each specific case);
- When providing paid services by a lawyer, a separate Agreement is concluded with him;
- All information provided to the Lawyer during the provision of free legal assistance is Lawyer's Confidentiality in accordance with the provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On Advocacy and Advocacy".
Technologies and innovations
Our team actively works on promising scientific and technical developments together with rehabilitation centers with the involvement of experienced rehabilitation specialists, neurophysiologists and robotics specialists.
In particular, work is underway to introduce VR technologies into rehabilitation practice in order to increase the effectiveness of restorative therapy. We are also working on developments in the field of neurofeedback therapy. This type of therapy is an excellent way to heal the brain, and when used in conjunction with psychotherapy that heals the mind, allows for more successful treatment results. We help to improve technological hardware and software complexes taking into account the current needs and methods of physical and psychotherapeutic rehabilitation on an ongoing basis.
Our team pays special attention to technical developments in the field of prosthetics, namely the design and production of temporary prostheses for the military and civilians.
The R&D team of volunteers of our foundation is also actively working on promising developments related to monitoring and assisting in the demining of territories using robotic solutions. We are actively involved in the initiatives of the State Emergency Service and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Work is currently underway to prepare for the mass production of developments and their use in mined areas. Unfortunately, due to Russian aggression and active hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, almost 300,000 square kilometers require humanitarian demining, which may take up to 10 years. We consider it vitally necessary to do the maximum in the direction of demining Ukraine in order to save as many lives as possible of our citizens, to reduce the number of traumatic cases and injuries.
Psychological Support of Prosthetics
Due to loss of limbs, subsequent amputation and prosthetics, a person has to adapt to new living conditions. By applying an effective model of psychological help, our experts help:
- accept the loss of limbs
- prepare for a prosthetic surgery
- with post-surgical rehabilitation
- with correction of a false understanding of the present and future life due to the loss of limbs
- with phantom limb pains
The therapeutic program is worked out individually for every person by a psychotherapist and medical psychologist who is specialized in post-amputation rehabilitation.
Psychological Help for Journalists
Journalists who cover the war risk not only their lives but their mental health as well. The post-traumatic syndrome, which traumatizes the psyche, and the emotional burnout syndrome are phenomena that are often found among journalists. Understanding the consequences of working in war zones will help a journalist better adjust to the difficult and dangerous working conditions and more easily cope with post-traumatic stress itself.
Psychologists working on our Foundation's online platform prepare journalists before they are sent to a combat zone, for psychological risks awaiting them and provide further psychological support after they return home.