The Dutch in Transcarpathia are exploring the possibility of cooperation in providing psychological assistance to participants of the ATO
In the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, there was a meeting with representatives of the "Soft Tulip" Fund (Netherlands). Eric Hunkam, a professor of psychiatry, and Eric Dunkok, the Director of the Fund, visited our region to explore the possibility of cooperation in providing psychological assistance to the ATO participants and their families, as well as IDPs.
The "Soft Tulip" Fund has been working in Ukraine for nine years. Their experts, in particular, collaborate with the system of social protection by teaching our staff to work with people with special needs and their families. According to Eric Dunkok, since the beginning of the ATO in our country, the Fund has received several requests for assistance in hospitals. In particular, physical therapists from Lviv Military Hospital have completed appropriate training in the Netherlands.
Currently, they plan to establish at the Odessa Medical University a methodical center of knowledge on post-traumatic syndrome, which would cover the whole country. In Transcarpathia, they are studying the possibility of assistance in the rehabilitation of the ATO participants.
According to the Acting Deputy Head the health care department of the Regional State Administration Volodymyr Kuzmyk, there are 13 psychotherapists and psychologists in the region working in hospitals and with soldiers. The Regional Psychiatric Hospital has admitted 76 soldiers, 60 persons have been treated in the hospital for veterans.
The Dutch experts said that one should not focus only on medical and professional organizations when dealing with these issues. As practice shows, besides physicians, veterans can also provide effective help to their colleagues. "Until this problem is resolved at the national level, - the Dutch therapist says - we should consider establishing mutual support groups."