Time of War Resources

Resources for psychologists, refugees, and members of the general public during times of war

Due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, many Ukrainians have had to leave their homes. With Ireland welcoming refugees, the PSI has set up this resources section which aims to provide assistance to those seeking refuge and who have been affected by war in Ukraine and in other countries.

This section will be continuously updated with resources regarding war situations so please come back for regular visits.

Disclaimer: Whilst some of the contents of this page are official PSI documents/positions, some of the contents are from external sources. The content contained here is intended as a repository/resource to help people during these times.

PSI statement on conflict in Ukraine

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), the professional body for psychology in the Republic of Ireland, strongly condemns the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and the aggression shown towards Ukrainian citizens.

The effects of this war on people’s psychological health and wellbeing are huge, with the consequences being traumatic and long-lasting. Psychology is one of the main professional services which deals with such traumatic fall out and so, our central mission is to avoid its occurrence, wherever, whenever, from whomever. This invasion will bring immediate and long-term physical and psychological suffering to the people of Ukraine, as well as loss of life. The PSI is mindful that here in Ireland, as elsewhere around the world, the families of Ukrainian citizens are also affected and are likely to suffer psychologically.

We have received correspondence from our colleagues in The National Psychological Association of Ukraine, who have reported the challenges they are facing trying to support their citizens. The PSI stands in solidarity with the National Psychological Association of Ukraine and the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against this military invasion and uphold the essential values of democracy and respect for human rights.

You can also read the statement in full as a PDF here (English language version). Click here for the translation in Ukrainian and here for Russian.

Ukrainian citizens: Information on travelling to & living in Ireland

The Irish Government provides a helpful frequently asked questions (FAQs) page for Ukrainian citizens and their family members wishing to travel to Ireland - click here to access. The FAQ page is updated on an ongoing basis as the arrangements and developments change.

The Irish Refugee Council has also provided some helpful information that can be accessed here.

Healthcare services for Ukrainian citizens in Ireland

The Health Service Executive (HSE) provides helpful information for Ukrainian citizens regarding the healthcare services available to them in Ireland - click here for further information.

Supporting children, young people & adults in a time of war

The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) has developed resources to support children and young people in a time of war. Such resources can be accessed via the gov.ie website by clicking here.

NEPS has also developed resources to help support the wellbeing of children from Ukraine in schools. Such resources can be accessed via the gov.ie website by clicking here.

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers advice on How to handle the trauma of war from afar and Talking to kids about the war in Ukraine

A selection of trauma and PTSD psychoeducation resources have been translated into Ukrainian and are available for free to download and use. You can access these resources by clicking here.


Psychological first aid (PFA)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2011 publication Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers, "psychological first aid (PFA) describes a humane, supportive response to a fellow human being who is suffering and who may need support". 

The WHO guide is available in over 30 languages and can be accessed by clicking here.

The PSI Special Interest Group in Human Rights and Psychology (SIGHRP) has produced a rapid response psychology tool to aid the public’s assistance to Ukrainian refugees arriving in Ireland. Click here to view.

The SIGHRP has also produced a Psychological First Aid (PFA) and critical resources document for those who assist and work with refugees and displaced persons. Click here to view.

How can I help?

There are various ways to help those who have been affected by war. The information below briefly touches on just some of the ways you can help.

  • Donate to humanitarian charities and organisations such as Unicef, United Nations Crisis Relief, Irish Red Cross or Médecins Sans Frontières. Donate to local groups or charities that are supporting those affected by war.
  • Pledge to provide accommodation to refugees. Register your pledge with the Irish Red Cross by clicking here.  
  • Volunteer your time. The PSI will soon be providing a list of Society members volunteering their time to work with refugees.