EUFAMI Statement – Standing in Support of Ukraine and of peace everywhere

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine commenced over a month ago, we are still trying to understand the evolving situation in the neighbouring countries. We at EUFAMI are closely monitoring the events with care and concern.

Since its foundation 30 years ago, EUFAMI speaks out on behalf of its members at a European level, promotes human rights of the families of people with mental ill health and facilitates humanitarian collaboration across European borders and beyond.

At its most recent meeting the Board of EUFAMI expressed its solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who are fleeing the country in thousands, and in turn with the people of Russia who have spoken out against the current aggressions.

The Board is also requesting member organisations across Europe to respond, in whatever way possible, to the needs of the Ukrainian people, especially those affected by mental Illness and their families and carers.

Humanitarian assistance can come in all sorts of forms, while it is driven by the principle of humanity. In an ongoing effort to strengthen our bonds and relationships with our member organisations and also our partners, EUFAMI will continue to act as advocates for the human and political rights of people with mental ill health and their families in Europe.

Our hearts and minds are with all who have been affected by the conflict, the people who are currently battling mental illness and their families and those who will find themselves facing further trauma during and after this unsettling period.

Sincerely,

Urs Würsch

EUFAMI President

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