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War in Ukraine

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The current events in Ukraine are currently occupying the entire world. We are witnessing how people who live less than two hours away by plane are losing their belongings and suddenly have to leave their homes. Countless people are currently fearing for the lives of friends and family.

Student life in Schleswig-Holstein is characterized by the fact that students from all over the world study peacefully together in the universities, on the campuses, in the dormitories and refectories - including students from Ukraine and Russia. Diversity and plurality are lived here every day and this should continue.

We would like to offer our help to all students who are in need due to the current situation.

Service of the Studentenwerk SH (will be updated continuously)

If you have financial worries, questions about your residence status, or if you want to bring your family and friends to Schleswig-Holstein - feel free to contact the student life counseling team:
Phone: Mon-Thu, 11 am - 1 pm 0431 8816 299
or find your local contact person.

If you need support to talk about your experiences and feelings - feel free to contact the Psychological Counseling team.

If you live in one of our dormitories and can't pay your rent right now, or want to apply for an extension of your dormitory place - feel free to contact the dormitory administration team to find out what is possible now:

Emergency aid fund of the state of Schleswig-Holstein to secure the livelihood of Ukrainian students

Ukrainian students who are enrolled at a university in Schleswig-Holstein and are in financial distress due to the Ukraine-Russia war can now apply for emergency assistance to secure their livelihood from the state of Schleswig-Holstein.


Burdened by bad news? Tips for dealing with the current political situation

The war events in Ukraine are triggering fears in many people. The suffering of the people is becoming even more tangible, not least because of the geographic proximity to Germany, making the potential threat to us even more real. In our counseling sessions, more and more students tell us that their existing personal stress situation has worsened as a result of the global political events.

The unpredictability of further developments creates anxiety and triggers feelings of a loss of control for many.

We would like to give you some tips on how to deal with this situation.

In the first step, it is helpful to observe your experience more closely:
What feelings am I currently experiencing?
Am I afraid? Am I angry? Or do I rather feel a sense of helplessness and hopelessness?

In the second step you can observe your impulse to act:

Am I trying to shield myself from everything right now?
This could be an indication of the "flight reflex". By avoiding fear-triggering stimuli (such as seeing news images from the war zone), the brain succeeds in reducing fear, at least in the short term.

Am I experiencing an inner drive, perhaps anger?
In this case, the anger could possibly also be "fear in disguise" and an expression of the "fight reflex."

Do I feel paralyzed?
This suggests the reaction of "freezing". The so-called freezing reflex (first observed in animals) often leaves us humans feeling powerless and resigned.

By becoming more mindful of our emotions, we can become aware of these three highly automated fear reactions. As a result, we can develop meaningful and more sophisticated alternative courses of action.

Anxiety always pursues the question "what if...". This results in worry loops and often catastrophic thoughts. It is important to get out of this subjunctive cycle, i.e. the possible consequences that may occur, and into a cycle of action. This circle asks what I can actually do in this situation in order to have an influence (at least on a small scale) on what is happening. This approach prevents the feeling of powerlessness.

For example, you can influence and express your solidarity by:

  • Expressing your opinion (with friends, family, in seminars).
  • Going to peace demonstrations
  • Making a poster or a sign for a demonstration
  • Writing letters to the editor
  • Volunteer to support relief organizations:
  • Sorts and packs relief supplies; Donates clothing, necessities, or money; Assists arriving refugees as they arrive in the country
  • country (for example, accompanying them on the way to the shelter); sponsoring a family.

It is helpful to find a balance of information:

  • Choose a window of time during the day when you will get limited (!) information about what is happening. Avoid watching/listening to news before going to sleep.
  • Choose reputable sources, avoid information channels known for highly emotionalized news presentation. The social media algorithm aims to arouse emotions. Video material in particular can quickly overwhelm the brain emotionally and cause you to "not be able to get the images out of your head."

As in all other stressful situations, it is important to pay special attention to self-care during these difficult times. That is, pay attention to:

  • Eating regularly
  • Sufficient sleep
  • Daily exercise
  • Meeting people who are good for you
  • Daily structure
  • Do not be afraid to seek professional help. There are many counseling centers where you can find support, we are one of them.

Here you can find the contact details of our psychologists at your campus.

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