08.12.2022, 13:30 - 15:00 Conference Room B - Level 1 Health and family welfare

Trauma is a widespread effect of war on the population. Children, however, are amongst those with the highest vulnerability to psychological consequences and mental health issues. Studies from other conflict areas systematically show that war leads to long-term trauma in children, and the longer the conflict the more severe the symptoms. Lack of access to basic resources, displacement, disrupted family relations, as well as the normalization of violence all have adverse effects. But children are not only victims, they are also agents who at times may powerfully adapt and develop new ways of coping with the situation. In this panel, experts who on a daily basis work with Ukrainian children affected by the war tell their stories and share protective mechanisms that may enhance their resilience.