Helping evacuees, refugees and any international visitors who seek our help under crisis’ has always been fundamental to how we operate, and the situation in Ukraine is no different. We are here to help.
AHS is looking for ways we can support those impacted by the difficult and ever-changing situation in Ukraine. One thing we know for certain, no evacuee who arrives in Alberta will be denied healthcare. We will care for everyone who arrives in our province and we will do everything we can to ensure their care is culturally appropriate and accessible.
AHS is working quickly with Alberta Health to establish official processes around how Albertans can continue to support those in need. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the Government of Canada website that provides information about how can you help during a disaster abroad.
AHS continues to prepare to support evacuees and to ensure we have supports in place for anyone affected by the situation in Ukraine.
The Government of Alberta is working closely with the Federal Government and the Red Cross to understand how we can best support adult and children evacuees currently in Alberta and those which we expect to arrive in the coming weeks. We know that many of the evacuees will have complex healthcare needs and compromised mental and physical health. We are prepared to meet those needs, in ways that are culturally safe and supportive, and will continue to prepare for what lies ahead.
Together with community partners, immigration and external organizations, community healthcare providers and the Government of Alberta, we will ensure that all evacuees are supported with compassionate, quality care, in their new communities.
AHS is also aware that many of our staff and physicians may be feeling the emotional impact of this tragic situation, and we understand that this particular crisis may be triggering feelings in those who have experienced similar situations in the past, or who have entered our province under duress. We have resources in place to help them manage grief, stress and anxiety during this difficult time.
We know many Albertans are of Ukrainian and Russian heritage or have family or loved ones in impacted countries. If you need support to manage feelings arising from the conflict, we have resources for you.
Help in Tough Times offers quick access to important phone numbers, self-help resources and supports on handling stressful situations. All the resources on this page are available with the support of translation services.
Resources and services such as Text4Hope may help you or someone you know, including free virtual stress management workshops or AHS’ new online Wellness Exchange.
If you are worried, reach out; call the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642, visit Wellness Together Canada or review this resource for a list of additional mental health and addiction supports.