Rami’s blog: A rare lesson in being a post-traumatic father
Taken from Rami’s blog 24/11/20 *Trigger Warning: War, PTSD, * It is not easy being the child of a post-traumatic parent. It’s also not easy to be a father to your children when you suffer from post-trauma. I was blessed with 3 boys, and from the moment of their birth the dilemma of how I tell them arises. How am I meant to share my experiences of war? You want to tell them because it’s important that they recognize these aspects of who their father is, however at the same time there...
New! NATAL opens a dedicated Helpline for first responders working on the front lines during COVID-19
For the first time in Israel and in light of the growing need, we have established a new and specific Helpline to provide support and emotional assistance to first responders. The target population will include, paramedics, medical teams, nurses, doctors and social workers, who are required to "stand on the front line". First responders are required to cope with a heavy workload, exposure to difficult experiences, burnout and fatigue which now intensified during the outbreak of COVID-19....
A Podcast Series – Empowering Responders: Helping Responders To Bend, Not Break
NATAL is proud to share the launch of a new podcast series, Empowering Responders: Helping Responders to Bend, Not Break. An extension of the UASI/NATAL Operational Stress Management (OSM) training program, these podcasts were developed to provide NJ first responders with guidance and coping techniques to manage the stressors they face in their professional lives. The podcasts were recorded by graduates of the OSM training program, medical experts, and leading professionals in the fields of...
International knowledge exchange: COVID-19
The #Covid19 pandemic has been spreading across the world and has a significant impact on our personal and professional lives. This pandemic summons the most primal human fears such as dying, loss of loved ones, isolation, loneliness, loss of control, and fear of the unknown. COVID-19 evokes complex and unique challenges for helplines, some familiar and some new. Today, most crisis helplines are stretched beyond their capacity due to surges in calls and limited manpower. Helplines must...
NATAL’s partnership with JUF Chicago
Regardless of which side of the ocean we are on, we all feel stressed, anxious and fearful in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and what the "new normal" will bring. NATAL is honored to have partnered and worked with communities around the globe, such as Chicago, to help provide tools and coping mechanisms to those suffering emotionally from COVID-19. NATAL is grateful to have such a long lasting and thriving partnership with JUF in Chicago and we are wishing everyone health, safety,...
NATAL on the News: The Corona Scare- 62% of Callers are Women
According to NATAL, since the COVID-19 outbreak, the Helpline has received approximately 6,000 calls • 40% of callers are 70 years old or older • Main concern: loneliness and helplessness. Noam Dvir Israel Hayom April 5th, 2020 More women than men are calling to receive help, and the elderly are more concerned. Ever since NATAL’s Helpline has opened to the general public to assist in coping with anxiety related to the COVID-19 outbreak, thousands of calls have been received. Two...
Spring Newsletter
Dear Friends,   With the COVID-19 pandemic a global reality, this Peach brings new challenges to communities across the globe.   For many this year, family Seder tables are replaced by computers, and the joy of the holiday is overshadowed by anxiety, isolation and uncertainty.   NATAL's dedicated team of staff, clinicians and volunteers continue to work in Emergency Mode, finding innovative ways to bring support to those most in need, despite...
NATAL is providing professional webinars for the international community during COVID-19
NATAL has carried out various live video webinars for different populations and sectors who are dealing with emotional and psychological stress due to the Coronavirus. The webinars are an instrumental way to share guidelines and crucial tips to help the public remain calm and informed on best practices. Webinars are led by members of NATAL's Community Resilience Team who are experts in the field of emergency response, resilience, trauma, and dealing with stress....
NATAL on Ynet news: 10 ideas for a meaningful Seder by Rakefet Ginsburg, Deputy Director of the Outreach Community Unit
Despite it all: 10 ideas for a meaningful Seder Chat with parents about preparations throughout the day, include the kids, coordinate with extended family to hide the Afikoman in the same place, and get dressed up - without going anywhere. Family Seder - 2020.  -Rakefet Ginsburg - For many families, the Passover Seder is a rare chance to gather everybody across the generations and all celebrate together. But this year, we have to keep it to a minimum. A few ways to cope with the new...
NATAL webinar: coping tools for parents during Coronavirus outbreak
As we all navigate the difficult circumstances brought on by COVID-19, NATAL has extended its services, offering additional support to those struggling with the anxiety related to the pandemic. NATAL is hosting a few webinars in the coming days. On Thursday we will be holding a webinar for parents led by members of NATAL's Community Resilience Team, experts in the field of emergency response, resilience, trauma and dealing with stress.. The webinar will be hosted in Hebrew for those of you...