Israel Trauma Coalition "Stop the Sirens" Report 2014-2016

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DIRECT CARE

We help people regain control over their lives in the face of on-going trauma. Through the work of ITC experts we focus on prevention, upgrading of skills, self-care techniques and the alleviation of suffering for thousands of individuals, children and families.


Impact on Parents

Between 2012 and 2014, Prof. Zahava Solomon from Tel Aviv University examined the effectiveness of resilience centers in a study based on submissions from adults and their children. They were asked about eighteen kinds of symptoms, and the research concluded that the clients' states after treatment and intervention had changed significantly positive. Here are some highlights.

       Before Treatment

       After Treatment

fear and
anxiety
reduced

39.6%

3.6%

vigilance
and panic
reduced

36.5%

3.0%

constant
stress
reduced

39.1%

4.2%


depression
reduced

31.4%

2.4%

sleep
difficulties
reduced

35.5%

4.2%

rage
attacks
reduced

28.4%

1.8%

To learn more about psychotrauma, watch this video (the video contains images that some viewers may find troubling).

 8,795

individuals & families benefited

$1,790,424

approved allocation by JFNA

ITC leveraged JFNA support to raise an additional $1,175,000 from the Government of Israel for direct care.

TEAM TRAINING

Caring too much can hurt. ITC provided targeted training for educators, health and social services specialists, volunteers, and municipal hotline operators. Responsible for the well-being of thousands of their fellow citizens, ITC provides them with upgraded skills, emotional first aid and self-care knowledge.

 

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

Local leadership plays a crucial role in helping the population to cope with crisis and remain resilient. ITC works with municipalities to create stronger communities, putting emergency procedures in place, upgrading skills including self-care, and providing a seamless response under fire.

 

HOTLINES

Hotlines are the finger on the pulse of the nation's emotional health. ITC ensured a nationwide system upgrade, providing extra training and additional volunteers. The hotlines operate 24/7 in five languages (Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, English, and Amharic).


Callers and Issues

Throughout 2014 and 2015, records show the reasons for calls to the hotlines. These charts show types of hotline calls as plotted over time; note the call volumes during the Gaza conflict "Operation Protective Edge" (July 8 - August 26, 2014).

       2014 Annual

       2014 Gaza Conflict

       2015 Annual

trauma
and
anxiety

7.0%
40.0%
10.0%

depression
and
loneliness

38.0%
20.0%
35.0%

parents/
children
issues

4.0%
12.0%
3.0%

separation
anxiety
disorder

0.0%
3.0%
0.0%


adolescent
issues

0.0%
3.0%
0.0%

elderly/
holocaust
survivors

1.0%
5.0%
2.0%

 50,213

hotline calls

$86,015

approved allocation by JFNA

PARENT & CHILD WORKSHOPS

Families were gravely impacted by the conflict. Many parents lost their natural roles as guardians and were left with feelings of tremendous guilt and anxiety. Providing ITC workshops for parents rehabilitates a sense of security and routine vital for families to successfully cope with stressful situations.

 

FIRST RESPONDERS

These dedicated men and women — local emergency teams, firefighters and medical teams — are on the frontlines, both living and working in a tense environment. Constant exposure to crisis negatively affects their health and well-being. ITC provides the tools, knowledge, and therapy to overcome burn-out and compassion fatigue.


 

 2,784

direct beneficiaries

$152,538

approved allocation by JFNA

COMMUNITY RECOVERY & REHABILITATION

Communities are a crucial component of resilience. Southern communities were shattered by the conflict. ITC programs help communities develop skills and access resources for successful living, working, and vibrant social environments — bringing communities back together again.

 

HOSPITALS

With new hospitals now in direct rocket range, hospital teams are key players in trauma mitigation and recovery. Staff in eight hospitals, covering half the Israeli populace, received vital psycho-social training combined with a self-care component.

Hospital map

ITC's partners in this project include Beilinson Hospital (Petach Tikva), Ichilov Hospital (Tel Aviv), Tel HaShomer Hospital (Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan), Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center (Be'er Ya'aakov), Kaplan Medical Center (Rehovot), Barzilai Hospital (Ashkelon), Soroka Hospital (Be'er Sheva), and Be'er Sheva Psychiatric Hospital.

BEDOUIN SOCIETY

The Gaza conflict directly impacted this unique community, highlighting their particular vulnerability in the field of emergency preparedness. This program marked the first steps in the creation of a recognized and certified resilience center including professional treatment infrastructure, emergency preparedness and response teams within the Bedouin community.

 

ITC leveraged JFNA support to raise an additional $375,000 from the Government of Israel for work with Bedouin society.

CITIZENS' CORPS

Lessons learned from the Gaza War highlighted the need to empower communal leadership. The ITC in partnership with NEMA, Home Front Command, local government and the Ministry of Welfare, recognized the need and built an urban infrastructure to provide volunteer response teams. These teams are the direct link between the community, municipalities, and local authorities, providing a range of responses to urgent needs in the aftermath of a crisis.

 

THANK YOU

Israel continues to face daunting challenges, however with your support and encouragement we are prepared. You are the backbone of our resilience and we thank you. Your continued backing enables us to provide these programs that strengthen Israeli society today and well into the future. None of this would be possible without your help.

ITC is a unique partnership of experts. Our board members include Amcha, Eran, Hadassah University Medical Center, ISPC, Mahut, Natal and Selah that focus on training, resilience and preparedness nationwide. We are strengthening individuals and communities to cope better with crisis. We are the leaders in the field of trauma in size, impact and innovation. Your support of ITC's mission in helping people in crisis is the most fundamental expression of human solidarity.