Olena Zelenska Participated in a Conference on Mental Health in Berlin

The First Lady of Ukraine was in Berlin to take part in the Ukrainian-German Conference on Mental Health, Psychosocial Support and Rehabilitation

April 16th, 2024
Marina R. Ferrández Esclapez, News from Berlin
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In a recent conference that took place on February focused on mental health, Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, delivered a passionate address advocating for greater awareness and support for mental well-being in Ukraine and beyond.

The conference, which brought together experts, policymakers, and advocates, provided a platform to discuss the critical issues surrounding mental health and  explore strategies for improving access to mental health services and reducing stigma.

During her speech, First Lady Zelenska emphasized the importance of addressing mental health as a priority, particularly in light of the ongoing challenges facing Ukraine, including the conflict in the east of the country and the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She highlighted the need for comprehensive mental health policies that prioritize prevention, early intervention, and support for those living with mental health conditions. She also stressed the importance of raising awareness and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness, noting that societal attitudes can often deter individuals from seeking help.

First Lady Zelenska shared her own experiences advocating for mental health awareness in Ukraine, including her involvement in initiatives aimed at promoting mental well-being and providing support to those in need. She emphasized the importance of collaboration between government, civil society, and international partners in addressing mental health challenges effectively.

As the conference concluded, attendees expressed their commitment to advancing mental health initiatives and working together to build a more inclusive and supportive society for all. With dedicated leadership and collective effort, there is hope for a brighter future where mental well-being is prioritized and valued by all.


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