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Canadian app aims to help Ukrainian people access mental health services

04/14/2015 11:08 EDT | Updated 06/21/2015 04:59 EDT
OTTAWA - An Ottawa-based Ukrainian organization is trying to ensure that people in the war-torn country have easier access to mental health resources.

The Canada Ukrainian Foundation has developed a mobile app designed to help people flag potential mental health concerns and find treatments in their area.

The app, called Mobile Psychological Assistance, allows users to complete assessment surveys to help them determine what kind of referral they may need.

The app then allows people to find local resources to treat conditions ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to insomnia.

The release of the app, which is in Ukrainian, coincides with word that the federal government is dispatching 200 soldiers to Ukraine to help train local troops battered by a lengthy conflict with Russia.

The Foundation says it hopes the app can prove useful to Ukrainian soldiers and civilians alike.

"The goal of this application is to get mental health trauma awareness information into the pockets of Ukrainian people and connect them to the resources they need as quickly as possible," said Foundation President Victor Hetmanczuk.

"By recognizing the signs of potential mental disorder as early as possible, we can help prevent it and provide necessary professional assistance."

The Canadian troops will join American and British soldiers in Ukraine early this summer, and the mission will last until March 31, 2017.