Despite 30 years of independence, the legacy of the Soviet Union is still a burden for Ukrainian society. It is seen in the area of mental health, where institutionalised care, stigma and human rights violations are severe problems. The most problematic areas are embedded in the system itself, mostly directly related to treatment that relies heavily on psychiatric facilities rather than a comprehensive care and recovery approach.
Nevertheless, the recent healthcare transformation has proven to be effective. With the support of the “Mental Health for Ukraine Project” (MH4U; funded by the Swiss government) and WHO, significant steps have been made to introduce community-based mental health services.
During this talk, participants will look at the Ukrainian mental health care system, and actions undertaken by the MH4U project to develop and transform it.