We promote mental health and personal development. We are convinced that mental health is rooted in the family. Therefore, our goal is the development of family support programs through the Foundation’s activities – especially families who find themselves in difficult life circumstances. We know that this work in Ukraine requires extensive cooperation, effective innovation and reform and we want to work together to achieve this. We want to work in a way that Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky once spoke: “Not by a stream of noisy and boisterous words, but by quiet, tireless daily work…”
Faced with war we are dedicated to promote resilence of Ukrainian people both at national and individual level and to provide necessary psychological help to all people who will need it so that all invisible wounds of war will be healed and we can revive as nation.
The Family Circle Charitable Foundation focuses on providing quality professional mental health services to vulnerable groups free of charge or at discounted rates. Orphans and families in difficult life circumstances, including those who suffer as a result of the current context of the war in Ukraine are at the heart of our work.
We believe that supporting parents is the best strategy to prevent mental health problems and foster psychological resilience. Thanks to the Foundation’s activities, we are developing a model of “parenting schools” – in particular to support family forms of care. We also actively support all parent initiatives – we believe that parents are main element in lobbying for change and reform.
We are aware that we need to go a long way to create quality and fundamental reform of the mental health care system in Ukraine. And we actively support this – from the development of the national concept of reforms, which involved consulting leading experts of the Center, to the implementation of numerous innovative and educational projects. We are aware that these changes are possible only through joint efforts, therefore we actively create networks of partnerships.
We are aware of the importance of awareness-raising, wide psychoeducation, therefore, we work systemically on its various components. A large-scale information portal on mental health has been added to the Center’s website. We support all kinds of activities to overcome stigma and strive to create communities open to the gift and value of life of each individual.
We are aware that a holistic system of mental health care can only exist in a form of network of services, where every link is important. We understand that networks do not arise by themselves; they are created by painstaking daily work focused on building partnerships. We believe that effective partnerships, joint efforts, and good relations are at the core of the implementation of important social reforms in this area.
We promote mental health prevention programs and believe this is the best strategy! We are focused on fostering resilience. At the same time, we emphasize that mental health is not just the absence of mental health disorders, but a state of well-being, happiness, development, and self-actualization. We need to be able to cultivate this state – this is what our activities promoting positive mental health are aimed at.
Specialists are essential to the implementation of all important reforms, programs and services. They are the most valuable resource, and therefore need nurturing, support and quality education. In cooperation with our strategic educational partners – the Ukrainian Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Ukrainian Catholic University – we implement up-to-date educational training programs to train specialists.
Children spend most of their time in educational institutions, therefore, educators directly influence children’s mental health. Equally important are physicians who provide support to children and their families from when children are born. Our initiatives are aimed at supporting the development of child and youth mental health care programs at the primary care level.
Scientific validity is at the heart of all effective service. Therefore, we focus on the development of up-to-date evidence-based services, training of specialists in research-based methods, translation of protocols, and development of local routes of assistance on their basis – for children, youth, adults and the elderly.
Glory to Ukraine! War is happening on our native land. We are all determined to fight relentlessly for a complete victory! The team of our Center together with our partner organizations created a humanitarian initiative “Withstand. Triumph. Revive!” With the help of this initiative we will provide free professional assistance to victims of war, as well as develop informational resources and conduct trainings for specialists in psychological support.
Together – we are a strong! Together – we will win!
The team of the “Family Circle Center” takes part in the national project “Mental Health for Ukraine”, which is being implemented with the support of the Swiss Confederation. The aim of this project is to support the development of up-to-date, evidence-based, network-based mental health services in our community.
The team of the “Family Circle Center” organizes psychological assistance for families who have experienced traumatic events during the war and will implement a number of trainings for specialists, including “Children and War: Teaching Healing Techniques”, educational and psychoeducational activities. The project is supported by the American Foundation Americares and Nova Ukraine.