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This guide was developed by OPORA and the International Rescue Committee. It is available in English and Ukrainian. This guide covers the fundamental aspects of mental health and well-being. Each discussed topic combines theoretical and practical knowledge that can be used to manage one’s own well-being and mental health. It is intended to support Ukrainians […]

Caring for Children though Conflict and Displacement provides psychoeducation, normalization and skill-building strategies for caregivers. Developed by UNODC and University of Manchester, this guide is available in English, Pashto, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Malay.


Connecting to faith, spirituality, and sacred spaces may be an important factor for Afghan newcomers settling into communities across the country. Faith-based supports can decrease social isolation, create a sense of belonging, and help newcomers heal from trauma. This panel discussion will explore how faith-based practices can help Afghan Muslims cope with the impacts of trauma and resettlement stressors, as well as support their transitions into their new communities.


Faith can help many religious people cope with stress, maintain mental health, and achieve personal goals. For Afghan Muslim newcomers to the United States, faith and healing are often closely linked. Supporting faith-based practices is one important way that service providers can help meet the mental health needs of Afghan Muslim clients.


There is limited strong evidence on interventions that specifically target traumatic grief. Prolonged and traumatic grief are usually closely associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and therefore many interventions target PTSD with grief symptoms as an auxiliary diagnosis. There appear to be some differences in interventions that target grief as a result of loss of […]

In early 2022, President Biden announced that the United States would welcome 100,000 Ukrainian newcomers and others affected by the Russian invasion that took place in February. The resettlement network is working to support Ukrainians by providing available benefits and services, including those funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). This blog post, created […]


This resource, created by The KonTerra Group, explains ways to help you cope with the grieving process due to the loss of someone or something you care about. 

Description: Survivors of torture have endured multiple and often catastrophic losses – loved ones, home, identity, culture. Some of these may be understood as Ambiguous Losses – a loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding.   According to Dr. Pauline Boss, “Human relationships are ruptured indefinitely by ambiguous loss, causing trauma and frozen grief. While […]

This course was funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to give refugee service provides a basic foundation in the knowledge and skills required to provide effective services to torture survivors. The nine modules are directed toward staff members who are recently hired or new to working with torture survivors and are currently providing […]

This guides connects the grieving process to the healing process, resiliency, and the honoring of people and places which have passed. This can be done through utilizing innovative practices that facilitate healing, engaging traditional modes of grieving, and developing a strong community support system.