People may feel numb, bewildered, or helpless. It’s a familiar and understandable human feeling in the face of terrible catastrophe or fear.
Six things you can do to help:
- Educate: as a family or individual, learn the data about what’s happening.
- Empathize: as of January 2022, the world health organization (WHO) statistics on world depression listed Ukraine as having the highest rate of clinical depression in the world. Followed closely by the United States. We have a lot in common. Source: https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/depression-rates-by-country
- Experience: if you have ever known terrible fear, loss, displacement, or have family members who have gone through such experiences, it’s not about ‘those people.’ This is about all of US. It matters.
- Support: find a reliable and credible source that is helping on the ground and see what you can give or offer. As of this afternoon I was told that Venmo, ca$happ, Wells Fargo, and other electronic and bank transfers of funds have all been cut off to Ukraine. The organization I work with is Doctors Without Borders. You can find numerous ways to help on their webpage.
- Volunteer in your town: Doing community service or helping others fosters positive energy in the world and connects us with those in need when we feel most helpless.
- Research: Use the Interwebs to find out what’s happening locally. Ukraine is a huge country and chances are that you know people who have loved ones there. There are many local organizations including in New York, Washington DC, LA, and Miami that are rallying for support.