For the attention of people who have recently experienced trauma

08 January 2020, 16:48
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In the last few months, Ukraine has been experiencing difficult events. A fire at the Odesa College of Economics, a plane crash in Iran, an outbreak of criminal offenses during the New Year holidays. The main thing in such a period is not to be locked in yourself. If you have lost a relative or friend or have experienced a difficult traumatic event, you need support. Here are some steps you can take to make it easier.

What to do for those who are losing:

- Look for opportunities to talk to people, especially good friends;

- Don't be alone, make friends stay with you. Your friend is now the best "specialist" to help you;

- Talk about what happened and your feelings, but avoid immediate memories;

- Think that the event has already passed and you are safe;

- Move, play sports to get rid of tension and fear;

- Avoid alcohol, sedatives and sleeping pills (you will suppress yourself and cannot adequately cope with the problem). When the action is over, all the sensations will come back;

- Reduce the use of stimulants (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, cigarettes) so that the body is no longer wound, it is already so wound;

- Pay attention to food - be sure to eat breakfast and lunch, eat more vegetables and fruits, drink up to 2 liters of water per day;

- If you can't sleep, DO NOT stay in bed with your thoughts. Get up, walk to get tired and try to fall asleep. Write down your thoughts on paper. Wash the dishes ... The dream will come.

What to do in the coming days when responding to an injury:

  • Remember that your reactions to what happened are a normal reaction and will pass over time. Not every fear or nightmare is evidence of illness.
  • Try to get back to your daily routine as soon as possible. You may need more time with difficult tasks.
  • If you have a bad feeling, you are overwhelmed by fear, try to breathe deeply and remember that traumatic events are already in the past.
  • Do something that brings rest and relaxation.
  • Keep talking to friends, relatives, colleagues about trauma, this will help to get rid of bad emotions.
  • Even if you feel distance to other people, do not refuse their help.
  • Follow the normal daily schedule.
  • Do nice things (sports, walks, reading, diary, creativity).
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat regularly and eat enough.
  • Spend time with other people.
  • Give yourself a break.
  • Play sports, but moderate.
  • Relax.
  • Seek professional help from psychologists and psychotherapists.
  • Psychosocial assistance after the death of a friend or relative:

  • There is nothing we can do with the deceased's family and friends to facilitate or accelerate the loss process.
  • Friends and relatives of the deceased need to go through all feelings, all stages of this process must go through, but not bypass.
  • Friends and relatives must survive this road, walk every meter of it with their own feet - and only then will they be able to enter the future. And the only role for those who are close and who wants to help is simply to be close.
  • DO NOT push, console, give advice or instructions. Just be close. Just be supportive.
  • Dear students of the Higher School of Economics, Odesa College of Economics, Law and Hotel and Restaurant Business! You can contact the Department of Education and Science of the Regional State Administration (email:, phone 776-20-66) for renewal of educational documents.

    The St. Paul Rehabilitation Center Volunteer Psychological Service brings together professionals in the field of stress and traumatic experience with over 10 years of experience. We are ready to provide one-to-one psychological support for trauma victims anonymously, privately and privately. You can make an appointment with a specialist by calling the Air Force Dispatch Line, which operates Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm: 063 45 350 45 (life) 066 745 92 25 (MTS) 068 682 97 88 (Kyivstar).

    We also remind you that the Antitraining NGO has created a Center for providing psychological support for tragedy victims and their families. Hotline Hours: 11am to 4pm on weekdays. Phone: 063 799 42 16.