Kakhovka Dam Disaster

The Kakhovka Dam Disaster is a blatant act of terrorism perpetrated in the midst of an unprovoked Russian Federation attack on Ukraine – with blame for the invasion squarely on the shoulders of the Russian Federation. It is impossible to say how long the impact of this disaster will be felt in the region, but the extent of the devastation is becoming increasingly clear. From lasting ecological effects to the immediate loss of life – people, livestock and wildlife alike – the impact is hard to comprehend. We must continue paying attention and continue doing all we can – both as individuals and organizations – to decrease suffering in the face of such atrocities.

To that extent, Languages of Care continues to focus on producing the most comprehensive library of the readily available best-in-class mental health materials that can assist providers of care and survivors in the field no matter the language. Below is a short actionable set of documents that might be useful at this time.


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Emotional Health Materials


 English Language Original Material in UkrainianWhy this matters? 
Psychological First Aid and Field Deployment Basicshttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1oKl1T-yjSL04r-l0FI8PRsiqKK6QSbEz/view?usp=sharingSet of starter slides for basic educational activities around disaster mental health response
Self-care action list https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D8cAhqlWWBTIIfpWKxReRH9mRnqsUwAL/viewTaking care of yourself is an essential task for any individual
Healthcare and Humanitarian Aid Workers: Information for First Responders on Emotional Reactions to Human Bodies in Mass Deathhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1YVA8H20NLatmagEWOCRXzGnBxRQ7UjBc/edit#heading=h.3znysh7Unthinkable task sometimes falls to those closest to the event. Minimal resilience considerations
Asking for help: Do you know how?https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A8bdv2tLzFzx3U6KpWPEJuxftG2nM1mV/editPutting own needs aside is natural for many but can increase risk. How to ask for help before it is too late
Psychological First Aid for Displaced Children and Familieshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1l560whbuAsvkaymuB6KGxbWQuOTrCK6v/edit#heading=h.gjdgxsBasic approaches to family units a responder may encounter
Helping Others Calm an Acute Stress Responsehttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZlKxySDknipOUdp0tPCaI_Lgjwjl09NM/edit#heading=h.gjdgxsSimple steps to protect emotional balance
Rapid Psychological First Aid Help for You, Family, and Friendshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1gIOeAjBbPKU9Wx5MAWff73yQmXm2b5Bm/edit#heading=h.gjdgxsSimple steps to protect emotional balance
Helping children understand frightening eventshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1w2BvpfhL1jc8lOZzp1N3aiUMm29cmOrN/edit#heading=h.gjdgxsChildren are especially reliant on care and emotional stability of others. Where to start.
Sustaining the Psychological Well-Being of Caregivers While Caring for Disaster Victimshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1ojjpf5FpZfGlGeNHXtD9NBNnqLX2DmJc/edit#heading=h.gjdgxsSelf care is essential. How to approach the work and stay emotionally safe
Leadership Stress Managementhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/14Pb5u5tB8ObEBFQw1IPWLB1Ll4k1mdEtGixbTOJXS90/edit#Leaders have an outsize role post disasters and burden of being survivors themselves 
Post Disaster Stress Management for Parentshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1pHbx34ISSh0C80ItYUdoG5mkLculv76j/edit#Parenting is hard. Post disaster it can be overwhelming. Where to start.
Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Eventshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hzb3r3iM2NuJVErcBBnBslAGSB5KQafd/edit#Getting the word out

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