Half million refugees from Ukraine facing mental health issues says WHO

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday that, since beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than 3.5 million people have fled the country. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

About 500,000 refugees who have fled to Poland to escape the Russian invasion of Ukraine need support for mental health disorders, and 30,000 have serious mental health problems, the World Health Organisation representative in Poland has said.

Paloma Cuchi, during a press briefing in Geneva, on Tuesday, also said the refugees in Poland were suffering from a range of health ailments, including diarrhea and dehydration.

She added that the greatest challenge, however, was to provide support to those people who were struggling with war trauma.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday that, since beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than 3.5 million people have fled the country.

Over 2 million of those refugees have arrived in Poland.