Press Release

Ukraine: UNESCO joins forces to protect the mental health of the educational community

25 May 2023

Kyiv/Lviv, 24 May – Recognizing the need for mental health and psychosocial support in the Ukrainian education community, UNESCO and the Ministry of Education and Science, with the support of Japan, will gather all relevant education actors in Lviv from May 25 to 27.

For registration, please send an email to Tateishvili Revas,

Programme available here

Venue: Готель Львів (Lviv Hotel), проспект В'ячеслава Чорновола, 7, Львів, Львівська область, 79000

For the opening of this workshop, representative from UNESCO, the Office of the First Lady, the Ministry of Education and Science and the Embassy of Japan will address the nearly 150 participants. Then, participants will conduct thematic group work to develop tools and recommendations for the implementation of these policies.

This workshop is organized within the context where almost the entire population of Ukraine is living under constant stress with a high risk of experiencing emotional harm and mental health issues. In the education sector, 26% of Ukrainian teenagers have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. 75% of schoolchildren have experienced stress. Children and education staff affected by the war have an increased risk of suffering emotional harm and developing mental health problems with grave implications for their overall health and well-being.

UNESCO, with the financial contribution of the Government of Japan, launched an ambitious initiative aiming to reduce the negative effects of the conflict on the mental health of Ukrainian students. It is part of the overall action plan led by the Ukrainian authorities to address these challenges, including the National Program for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support under the leadership of the Office of the First Lady, and the Concept of Safety of Educational Institutions upon the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

More about

·         UNESCO’s actions in Ukraine

·         UNESCO supports Ukraine’s 15,000 school psychologists to improve students’ mental health

·         UNESCO supports 50,000 Ukrainian teachers to safeguard learning amid war

Press contact (at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris): Thomas Mallard,, +33 1 45 68 22 93

UN entities involved in this initiative

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

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