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EPA Trauma Resource Centre

This page contains relevant resources for both mental health professionals and the general public.

Following the situation in Ukraine and its tremendous impact on the mental and psychosocial wellbeing of people, the EPA and its partners have collected key resources on how to cope with trauma and humanitarian emergencies. This page will be continually updated with research, guidelines and multimedia material as more information becomes available.
The resources are available in English, Ukrainian and Russian.

Resource Centre


In April 2022, the EPA organised the “Help for Helpers” Webinars, to provide first line helpers and volunteers with a psychological toolkit for helping refugees fleeing their country because of war. The webinars have been recorded, and are now available here.


Ukrainian Prioritized Multisectoral Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Actions During and After the War: Operational Roadmap – Inter-Agency Standing Committee.
Available in English

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings – Inter-Agency Standing Committee.
Available in EnglishRussian and Ukrainian.

IASC Resource Package on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for the Humanitarian Response in Ukraine and Neighbouring Countries – Inter-Agency Standing Committee.
Available in English and Ukrainian.

Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers – World Health Organisation (WHO).
Available in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

Presentation on Psychological First Aid For All – WHO.
Available in English.

Operational guidance, mental health & psychosocial support programming for refugee operations – UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Available in English.

Clinical Management of Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies – WHO and UNHCR.
Available in English.

Recommendations for dealing with people in crisis situations and following difficult life events – Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe.
Available in English, Ukrainian and Russian. (Also available in German, Hungarian, Romanian, French, Polish, Slovak).


Webinar on the Principles and Practice of Psychological First Aid – Royal College of Psychiatrists (27 May 2021).
Video available in English.

Webinar on General Principles of Psychological First Aid (PFA) – Royal College of Psychiatrists (30 March 2022).
Video available in English.

Free eLearning module on “Complex humanitarian emergencies: mental health and psychosocial response” – Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Available in English.

Multimedia material and e-learning modules on the RC-PSYCH Resource Page on Ukraine – Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Available in English.


You will find below a list of initiatives and information provided by EPA members, the EPA is not responsible for materials or information provided in third party websites.

“Doing What Matters in Times of Stress” – WHO online stress management guide, available in English and Ukrainian.

Free consultations at the Psychiatric Outpatient Department of the Psychiatric University Clinic of Charité in St. Hedwig Hospital.

Free online psychological support at the Polish Ericson’s Institute, available Polish, English, Ukrainian, Russian and German. website and social media channels for useful resources and psychological support (Facebook, Instagram, Telegram) available in Ukrainian.

Interactive 12 Steps Safety Plan developed as part of the EU Erasmus+ Project “E-LLIPSE”, available in English, Polish, Hungarian, Norwegian, German, Swedish and Ukrainian.

Online platform for Russian-speaking therapists who want to provide free consultations, available in Russian.



Ben Zina, E., Krir, M., Bel Hadj, H., Tajmout, A., Ben Cheikh, C., El Kefi, H., & Omaya, A. (2017). Assessment of Chronic Pain in Military Patients with PTSD. European Psychiatry, 41(S1), S721-S721. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2017.01.1303

Samardzic, R., Spiric, Z., Mandic-Gajic, G., Radovanovic, M., Bjelica, N., & Eror, A. (2007). Mental health of war veterans in military forces of Serbia. European Psychiatry, 22(S1), S287-S287. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2007.01.971

French, L. (2013). 456 – New Dimensions in the Evaluation and Treatment of PTSD within the Military. European Psychiatry, 28(S1), 1-1. doi:10.1016/S0924-9338(13)75785-7

El Kefi, H., Abdelghaffar, W., Baatout, A., Bechikh Brahim, C., Krir, W., Eddif, S., & Oumaya, A. (2016). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a Group of Militaries With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. European Psychiatry, 33(S1), S513-S513. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.01.1893

Trautmann, S., Schönfeld, S., Heinrich, A., Schäfer, J., Zimmermann, P., & Wittchen, H. (2015). Risk Factors for Common Mental Disorders in the Context of Military Deployment: A Longitudinal Study. European Psychiatry, 30(S1), 1-1. doi:10.1016/S0924-9338(15)30244-3

Van der Wal, S., Vermetten, E., & Elbert, G. (2021). Long-term development of post-traumatic stress symptoms and associated risk factors in military service members deployed to Afghanistan: Results from the PRISMO 10-year follow-up. European Psychiatry, 64(1), E10. doi:10.1192/j.eurpsy.2020.113

Jankovic, J., Bremner, S., Bogic, M., Lecic-Tosevski, D., Ajdukovic, D., Franciskovic, T., . . . Priebe, S. (2013). Trauma and suicidality in war affected communities. European Psychiatry, 28(8), 514-520. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2012.06.001


Stankovic, M., Grbesa, G., Simonovic, M., Kostic, J., & Ilic, N. (2016). Psychological responses to traumas of children younger than 6 years old diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder. European Psychiatry, 33(S1), S359-S359. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.01.1286

Zikic, O., Nikolic, G., Krstic, M., Randjelovic, D., & Jeredic, B. (2015). Anxiety, Depression and Childhood War Trauma. European Psychiatry, 30(S1), 1-1. doi:10.1016/S0924-9338(15)30455-7

Graovac, M., Petrić, D., Kaštelan, A., Rebić, J., Biškup, M., & Frančišković, T. (2013). 1917 – Childhood Trauma And Developmental ProcessesEuropean Psychiatry, 28(S1), 1-1. doi:10.1016/S0924-9338(13)76866-4

Fernandes, V., & Osório, F. (2015). Are There Associations Between Early Emotional Trauma and Anxiety Disorders? Evidence from a Systematic Literature Review and Meta-AnalysisEuropean Psychiatry, 30(6), 756-764. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.06.004