Professional burnout

Medair offers psychological support for teachers in Ukraine.

As Ukraine continues to grapple with ongoing conflict and a growing humanitarian crisis, its communities require assistance on numerous fronts. And while emergency relief efforts and reconstruction are vital, we strongly believe in addressing psychological support – an often-overlooked aspect of humanitarian aid. We recognize the pivotal role mental health plays in fostering resilience and facilitating the restoration of lives.

During times of conflict, mental health becomes increasingly paramount. Bearing the brunt of the storm, mental well-being can rapidly deteriorate, leaving populations with diminished resolve. Prioritizing the rebuilding of minds lays the groundwork for enduring recovery, fostering resilience and promoting sustainable healing.

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) team is actively engaged in providing psychological sessions across various parts of Ukraine. For instance, we recently conducted sessions at a school in the Kyiv region that had been previously occupied.

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Kateryna and Iryna discuss with the participants of the psychological session the topic of professional burnout. ©Medair/Diana Mukan

Medair acknowledges the critical importance of supporting teachers, who directly impact children of all ages. Recognizing the pivotal role teachers play in shaping young minds, Medair has introduced training sessions focused on ‘Professional Burnout’.

The MHPSS team at Medair demonstrates unwavering commitment to aiding individuals in understanding the complexities of mental health and effectively navigating psychological challenges. Medair places a high priority on the well-being of teachers, striving to create an environment where educators can, in turn, enhance the holistic development of their students.

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Together with the participants of the psychological session Kateryna, PSS Officer, discusses the topic of professional burnout. ©Medair/Diana Mukan

These sessions serve as a vital space for open discussions, social support, and sharing effective methods for overcoming difficulties. “The positive impact of our work lies in fostering connections among people, in understanding one’s significance and importance in society. People have room for their emotions and states. They gain a positive experience in communication and dispelling stereotypes regarding psychologists and psychosocial support,” said Kateryna Lozinska, PSS Officer.

To enhance the effectiveness of these sessions, Medair incorporates interactive activities and games for a dynamic learning experience, encouraging active participation and reinforcing key concepts. The primary objective is to prevent burnout and promote stable mental well-being, fostering a healthy psychological environment. Ensuring good mental health is essential for teachers to effectively support and guide children, especially during challenging times.

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Olena, a school principal, takes part in a psychological session. ©Medair/Diana Mukan

“As a school director, I’m constantly juggling responsibilities, and burnout was a real threat. I can honestly state that after participating in the workshop on overcoming professional burnout, I feel re-energized and ready to lead with confidence. It’s been an incredible experience that I would recommend to any school director,” said Olena, a session participant.

These sessions represent a significant source of hope for communities dealing with the difficulties of armed conflict, encouraging understanding, resiliency, and renewal.

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Participants of the psychological session together actively discuss and draw what are the ways to overcome stress. ©Medair/Diana Mukan

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Participants of the psychological session and Medair employees take a joint photo together. ©Medair/Diana Mukan


Medair’s mental health psychosocial support services in Ukraine are funded by the Swiss Solidarity (CdB).

All photos ©Medair / Diana Mukan

This content was produced with resources gathered by Medair field and headquarters staff. The views expressed here are those solely of Medair and should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of any other organization.