APS statement on the invasion of the conflict in Ukraine
The Australian Psychological Society is deeply concerned about the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Eastern European region.
War is a violation of human rights and has a profound negative effect on psychological and physical health and well-being.
APS, including our 27,000 members across Australia, are gravely concerned about the immediate and long-term trauma and psychological impacts on people of all ages, families and communities.
APS, along with more than 70 international psychology organizations that form the Global Psychology Alliance, stands in solidarity with the National Psychological Association of Ukraine, the people of Ukraine, and our colleagues in the Eastern Europe region. ‘Is.
We understand that these scenes are distressing for many in our communities, particularly current and former servicemen and women, refugees, those with direct experience of war or displacement, and those with family ties or close personal relationships with Ukraine, Russia and/or the surrounding region.
APS President Tamara Cavenett urged anyone struggling to seek mental health support.
“This international crisis comes at a time when many Australians are already under psychological pressure.
“Many of us will find the news and images of current events extremely distressing, and for some old traumas will be reactivated.
“If you are having difficulty, please ask for help.”
For anyone distressed or affected by current events, APS suggests:
Reach out to mental health support services – especially if you are at risk of being re-traumatized
Limit media exposure, especially if it increases your distress
Talking about your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust – sharing our distress and talking about how we feel with friends, family and trusted members of the community can be helpful
For anyone feeling helpless, taking positive action, such as contributing to relief efforts, can help.
Use the tools you have to take care of yourself. Schedule time for rest, relaxation, exercise and social connection.