After more than 100 days of war in Ukraine, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mental health teams across the country are raising the alarm on the worrying psychological symptoms they are seeing. “I don’t feel heartache, it’s like a sore soul, and it immediately brings me to tears,” said Vira, an elderly woman who fled the fighting in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. “I’m worried about my relatives, who are still at home, my son who is still living where there is fighting.”
From mid-April to mid-May, MSF teams conducted more than 1,000 individual and group mental health sessions in Ukraine. We have observed that people suffer from intense fear, constant stress, persistent worry, hopelessness, and panic attacks.
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