On 02/24/22, Russia started an invasion of Ukraine.
I come to you after a long day of reflecting and processing the shock of clients responding to the events of today as well as attending virtual meetings on the mental health response. I am tired, so this may not be organized well and may be a little rough. Apologies in advance.
So, as we are all aware, Russia has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. There has been different messages from the prior weeks in what was going to happen given rising political tensions and now we are collectively shocked and thinking of those who are immediately impacted. It’s unknown how the conflict will play out over the coming weeks, but we will stand firm in our response and message.
Basic Resources and Ways to Help
We may feel helpless as a collective where we are currently, but there are ways to help.
Some general sites for information on how to assist and the current efforts to preserve lives:
For people fleeing for safety in Ukraine and need information: https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/wiki/ukrainewar...
Numbers to reach out for your own mental health and wellness:
National Suicide Lifeline (NOT YET 988)- 1-800-273-8255 (veterans hit 1 at prompt for veteran’s line)
Disaster Distress Helpline- 1-800-985-5990
Crisis Text Line- 741-741
SAMHSA Helpline- 1-877-726-4727
NAMI HelpLine (M-F 10am-10pm EST)- 1-800-950-6264
FL Warm Line- (4pm-10pm EST 7 days a week)- 1-800-945-1355
Lifeline Ukraine (IN UKRAINE ONLY- unsure of current operability)- dial 7333 locally.