According to the United Nations, nearly 3 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the spiraling humanitarian crisis have rattled the world with pain, sadness, confusion, fear, frustration, and an overwhelming concern for what's to come.
Mind Share Partners stands in solidarity with Ukraine. We've curated a list of trustworthy organizations that are directly supporting the people of Ukraine, and resources to support employee mental health.
I. Where to donate for humanitarian assistance.
Red Cross Ukraine> Together, we act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. All funds will be used to help those in need, affected by armed conflict, blood collection, mobilization of volunteers and resources, and emergency activities.
The Come Back Alive Fund> Launched in 2014, Come Back Alive became the biggest organization providing support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Voices of Children> A Ukrainian organization that has been offering psychosocial support to children affected by the tension in Ukraine since 2015.
Vostok> A Ukraine-based nonprofit that helps evacuees.
Funds for Ukraine's Armed Forces> The National Bank of Ukraine has decided to open a special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Nova Ukraine> A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine and raising awareness about Ukraine in the United States as well as in the rest of the world.
Razom> Razom is providing critical medical supplies and amplifying the voices of Ukrainians.
Ukraine Humanitarian Assistance Account> The NBU has opened a current account for the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine for humanitarian purposes.
United Help Ukraine> A non-profit organization focused on providing medical supplies and humanitarian aid directly to Ukrainians defending themselves.
International Medical Corps> We deliver vital healthcare services and training that help devastated populations move from relief to self-reliance.
UN Refugee Agency> An international organization that's providing emergency assistance to families in Ukraine — providing aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in the U.S.
II. Resources to support employee mental health amid the crisis in Ukraine.
“Companies are made up of people, and people are impacted by events like this. You can’t just separate them.”
—Jen Porter, Managing Director of Operations (COO), Mind Share Partners
Here are 5 considerations for leaders as they address the crisis in Ukraine and support the mental health of their employees.
There are many employees impacted who may never speak up about it, but leadership and company support matter in times of crisis. Mind Share Partners 2021 Mental Health at Work Report found that employees who felt supported by their employers amid the pandemic, racial injustices, return to office, and/or with their mental health overall saw better mental health and engagement outcomes.
Leaders shouldn't rush to make a statement—pause and make sure to educate yourself on the situation and truly understand how employees are being impacted.
Leaders can set the tone and reemphasize a commitment to employee wellbeing by modeling vulnerability, sharing their own experience, and taking time off or making use of wellness resources.
Senior leaders can ensure managers are trained to discuss sensitive topics with compassion, and that they have the power to grant flexibility and accommodations to those on their teams who need it (e.g. changing deadlines or approving time off).
Leaders must address the situation through a DEIB lens, from their communications to the organizational support and resources they provide.
Leaders can provide their support and resources to internal ERGs (or affinity groups), peer listening programs, and mental health champions. (See section 3 below for resources on how to start and grow a mental health ERG).
More Resources For Employers:
CNBC Make It: "How to stop doomscrolling when tragedy strikes—and what you could focus on instead"
SHRM: "The Conflict in Ukraine Is Causing Some Workers Severe Anxiety; Employers Can Help"
INC: "The Ukraine Crisis Has People Rattled. Here's How to Talk About Fear at Work"
Forbes: "How The War In Ukraine Is Affecting Our ‘Work Health’ With 7 Prevention Tips"
III. Resources for Mental Health ERGs (or Affinity Groups).
Mind Share Partners has created resources for internal mental health champions that lead mental health employee resource groups (ERGs) within their organizations.
[Resource] Virtual Community for Mental Health ERGs - A free Slack community and ongoing resources for leaders of mental health ERGs from over 330+ companies.
[Toolkit] "How to Create a Mental Health ERG" Mind Share Partners
IV. Mind Share Partners' Frameworks To Drive Culture Change
This free toolkit helps companies better understand how to
proactively, comprehensively, and effectively support mental
health at work. These frameworks are based upon our own work
with clients across industries, regions, and sizes.
Mind Share Partners is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that is changing the culture of workplace mental health so that both employees and organizations can thrive. We host communities to support ERGs and professionals, build public awareness, and provide workplace training and strategic advising to leading companies.