Semyon Gluzman (born 1946) is a Ukrainian a world-renowned psychiatrist and human rights activist, president and founder of the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association, founder of the American-Ukrainian Bureau for Human Rights, director of the International Medical Rehabilitation Center for the Victims of War and Totalitarian Regimes, member of the Council of Experts under the Ukraine's Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. He also is сo-chairperson of the Babi Yar Committee. Semyon Gluzman is also an ex-dissident and ex-prisoner of the Soviet Union, being the first psychiatrist there who openly opposed abuse of psychiatry against dissenters, therefore being forced to serve seven years in labor camp and three years in Siberian exile in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In recognition of his courage and commitment to ethical psychiatry, Gluzman was given the title of a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association and the title of an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1980. In 2008 Gluzman was also honored with the Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry.
Dr. Semyon Gluzman has called upon his foreign colleagues to help make the trauma services possible.
Appeal to national and internationai psychiatric and psychological associations
and to people of good will
Kiev, February 26, 2014
My country is going through hard times. Some twenty years after obtaining independence the people of Ukraine is now seriously embracing democratic values. Our main victory is the liquidation of an authoritarian regime in the country. Unfortunately, this victory carne at a considerable human cost, more than one hundred people were killed and thousands were wounded.
Bui there are also other victims; some of the Maidan activists find themselves now is a state of post-traumatic stress. They need qualified psychological and psychiatric help. The state structures are not able to provide them with the full range of such services.
We would be very grateful to Western colleagues who are willing to help us in establishing such services in Ukraine, by developing a network of specialized services and provide professional training to its personnel, as well as to develop outreach programs to reach those who do not seek professional help by themselves. What is now a priority is to develop our capacity to deal with these issues ourselves, Ukrainian mental health professionals, but we can only do so with your support.
Dr. Semyon Gluzman
Update March 2014
Fundraising is progressing, the first 15,000 euro has been received and services are under deployment. We are very grateful for your support! However, we still need more funds in other to be able to meet the challenges ahead, so please keep on supporting us! Thank you