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#Grants & projects: Ethnicity and Mental Health: Exploring Nonmedical Approaches to Mental Health for Roma Communities in Europe


Supported by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations. 

November 2019 – April 2020




  • International Charitable Organization “Roma women fund “Chiricli” (Main Implementing Partner)
  • Roma Organization “Trayo”
  • School of Social Work of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
  • Center of Mental Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine


Project manager: Vitalii Klymchuk

The aim of the project is to advance non-medical approaches to mental health that incorporate the impact of social determinants, social exclusion, stigma and discrimination on mental health of Roma people in Ukraine.

The project will be devoted to filling a substantial gap in our knowledge of mental health of Roma people and the impact of social determinants on mental health (negative as well as positive). In order to achieve this aim intensive and extensive multidisciplinary field studies of the current situation in Ukraine will be conducted. The project will utilize desktop review, gathering quantitative and qualitative data, analysis of policies and legislation, as well as mapping services and stakeholders.

The final focus of the project will be the development of a strategy for advancing mental health and psychosocial support for Roma people in Ukraine with foundation on evidence-based approaches; “the Strategy for the Roma Better Mental Health”. 

A further substantial benefit from the project will be an increase in stakeholder awareness of Roma mental health.

Despite a huge amount of data about mental health, and large number of research and routine data collections all over the world we are still with several crucial blind spots. First of them is ethnicity and mental health – and the most under-researched and unknown is the mental health profile of Roma people. The second blind spot lies in the field of the understanding of the social determinants of mental health and the application of this knowledge to policies and practices. Thus, addressing the social determinants of mental health in Roma people is becoming urgent and crucial for achieving better mental health for all (moving towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and Universal Health Coverage). 

There are good evidences that addressing the social determinants of mental health, providing activities supporting the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders is the most cost-effective way to reduce the societal burden of mental health disorders.

Therefore, this project will provide an input not just to the solution of local problems, but to addressing social determinants of mental health globally by producing the evidence and practical information for decision-making and policy development. 

Project has such objectives: 

Objective 1: Collection and collation of evidence on mental health of Roma people in Ukraine and its social determinants  

Objective 2: Analysis of Ukrainian policies in the frame of the social determinants of mental health

Objective 3: Mapping of the stakeholders and services working in the field

Objective 4: Development of a strong strategy to advance mental health, address its social determinants and deliver psychosocial support for the Roma communities

At the end of the grant period are expected that: 1) gap in knowledge about mental health of Roma people will start to fill up, 2) issues in legislation connected with social determinants of mental health will be identified, 3) a mapping of the services relevant to mental health of Roma people will be made available, 4) an initial strategy for advancing the mental health of Roma people in Ukraine will be produced and will become a starting point for signifcant changes. 

As result of the outlined outcomes (impact) the awareness of policy-makers, decision-makers, mental health and psychosocial support professionals, general public and Roma people as well will be stimulated to grow.  

November 10, 2019: World Science Day for Peace and Development

November 10, 2019



World Science Day for Peace and Development

The Importance of Psychological Science to Support Peace and Development


World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.


The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) endorses this statement. Psychological Science can help bridge the gap between divisiveness, tribalism, and polarization and can contribute to conflict resolution, combat group think and increase contact among different groups engaged in war and conflict.


Psychological Science can contribute significantly during turbulent times. There are many examples from history where poor understanding of alternative perspectives and lack of contact have instigated and escalated war and conflict. The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) aims to highlight the importance and use of psychological knowledge, theory and practices for fostering and improving open and sincere communication and contact between separated and polarized groups.


EFPA urges policymakers, politicians and agencies of influence to reach out to the scientific community generally, and psychological scientists specifically, to help provide evidence-based approaches to tackling these difficult problems.


The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) represents psychologists’ associations across 39 European countries and some 350,000 psychologists who research and practise the discipline of psychology, a science focused on understanding human behaviour. EFPA brings together Europe’s psychologist scientists in its Board of Scientific Affairs, a group that fosters scientific collaboration in psychology across Europe.


World Science Day for Peace and Development : Open science, leaving no one behind:


#ScienceDay #OpenScience





Psychologists join efforts in «Working together to prevent suicide»



10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is an initiative promoted by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and supported also by EFPA  European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.

Globally, more than 800.000 people die yearly due to suicide. It is a public-health issue that needs cooperation of professionals from different disciplines, as well as lay public. IASP is continuing the theme for the event: «Working together to prevent suicide». The theme is indicating that the prevention of this complex phenomenon is not a matter of one certain individual or profession, but an issue that needs collaboration of a spectrum of entities, from the individual and personal to the societal and political ones.

The Board of Promotion and Prevention of EFPA this year held a special symposium at the European Congress of Psychology in Moscow, where they highlighted the importance of bringing good practices into policies. Vita Postuvan from the EFPA Board explains: «Psychology can offer a number of effective interventions on different levels. But, the most challenging problem is often how to ensure sustainability of specific projects or interventions to become a part of everyday routine»

EFPA supports activities being held around the 10th September. Among others, there is the «Cycle Around the Globe» action that encourages to cycle for suicide prevention or «Light a Candle» activity that also aims to support the bereaved people.


#EuroSemester / The conference «Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing for Business» 

The conference «Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing for Business» 

will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 15-16, 2019

The conference was founded and is organized by the Mental Health for Business project team: Anna Metelska, Alona Mykhayliuk, and Yurii Kravchenko.

The mission of the conference is to reduce the stigmatization of the society and organizations in mental health issues, to help organizations build healthy relationships with employees, to support their well-being and quality of life, and to create the all-Ukrainian community united by this theme.

The conference will be useful for:

  • HRDs, HRBPs, HR managers;
  • Managers and CEOs of commercial and non-commercial companies;
  • Psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists who work with organizations.

The conference consists of 3 parts:

  1. Theoretical part: speeches from practitioners working with organizations in the field of mental health and wellbeing;
  2. Practical cases from Ukrainian and international companies;
  3. Practical workshops.

 Conference registration and fees:

The official registration starts on September 1, 2019

To pre-register before the official announcement, please write to

Early bird  ( Sep.1 – Oct.14) : 4800 UAH 

Standard –  (Oct.15  – Nov.14) : 5600 UAH 

All news about the conference and speakers you can get here:

 Location Conference venue : Hotel Bratyslava, 1 Malyshka Street, Kyiv

The latest edition of the EFPA Newsmagazine!

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Lecture «Modern studies of the drug abuse»

Kyiv, 12.09.2019, 11:00 – 14:00


Artem Osipyan – psychologist, expert in the field of addictology, member of the National Psychological Association (Ukraine) and Ukrainian Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists; works at the Ukrainian Mental Health and Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Alcohol (UMHMCDA) under the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

This lecture is devoted to the latest studies, statistics and data on drug abuse. The current state of science and practice of mental and behavioral drug disorders treatment will be analyzed. The main existing models and concepts will be discussed. The effectiveness of each will be highlighted. We will also refocus attention on approaches that has been successfully implemented in Europe and in the US. We will consider those which are the most effectively put into practice.

We will consider such questions as:

  • the modern understanding of «drug use», «drug abuse» and «drug dependence»
  • the prevalence and burden of mental and behavioral disorders caused by the use of psychoactive substances
  • forms of assistance and efficient practices
  • the main indicators of effective treatment

Location: 12 Kozhumyatska, str., Kyiv, Ukraine 

Streaming will be available here!

Click here to sign up to this event!