The impact of war on mental health: lessons from Ukraine

24 May 2022 15:00-17:00 BST
Ukraine, Uzhgorod-Vyshne Nemeckoe: Refugees from Ukraine on the border with Slovakia (checkpoint "Uzhgorod-Vyshne Nemeckoe") in the Zakarpatya regions (26 Feb 2022). — Photo by Fotoreserg

The Global Mental Health Humanitarian Coalition, created by three Global Mental Health MSc students from King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is proud to invite you to the first of a series of panel discussions addressing mental healthcare in humanitarian crises.  

Our first panel will focus on the mental health consequences of the war in Ukraine. This event is intended for anyone concerned about the implications of this war or with an interest in the mental health effects of a humanitarian crisis. 

The Global Mental Health in Humanitarian Crisis event series brings together various stakeholders with the aim of creating a space for discussion and generation of ideas on how best to respond to mental health needs in the humanitarian sector. We wish to bring perspectives from academia, non-governmental organisations, practitioners, policymakers and individuals with lived experience, to gain critical and holistic insights into what happens on the ground. It is our hope that these dynamic discussions will help identify the gaps in mental health care research and practice and give rise to ideas on how to improve services and mental health outcomes for those affected by a humanitarian crisis. 


  • Dr Julia Rozanova, Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Global Mental Health MSc at King's College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • Professor Edgar Jones, Programme Leader of the War and Psychiatry MSc and Professor in the History of Medicine and Psychiatry at King's College London

  • Dr Laura Palmer, Lecturer and Research Associate at King's Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London

  • Dr Dennis Ougrin, Consultant Psychiatrist and Reader in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Global Mental Health at King's College London 

  • Dr Irina Zaviryukha, Clinical Researcher at SPRI Clinical Trials in Ukraine

  • Steffie Banu, Founder of ROconect, an organisation fighting modern slavery and providing aid to refugees at the Ukraine/Romania border 

  • Dorina Achelaritei, independent journalist and member of Mediterranea Saving Humans, an organisation providing aid in Ukraine and Moldova


  • Renata Solórzano de Souza, MSc, MBPsS, Co-founder Global Mental Health Humanitarian Coalition

  • Alexandra Deac, BSc, MBPsS, Co-founder Global Mental Health Humanitarian Coalition

  • Anna Peycheva, BSc, Co-founder Global Mental Health Humanitarian Coalition


Please note that you can join this event in person or via livestream. The in person session will be held in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, London, SE5 8AF United Kingdom.

Please go to the LSHTM Event page for the webinar link to join, or for directions to IoPPN.


Free and open to all. No registration required.


renata [dot] solorzano-de-souza1 [at] student [dot] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk (Renata Solórzano de Souza)