NATAL is the largest and most comprehensive trauma treatment organization in Israel, providing help to all Israelis struggling with psychological trauma related to the security situation in Israel, terrorism and war.
With multiple programs, 200 therapists and 180 highly trained volunteers throughout the country, NATAL is an apolitical nonprofit, helping all Israelis – Jewish, Muslim or Christian. Since 1998, the organization has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis by providing support for trauma survivors, and advancing the resiliency of Israeli society through treatment, prevention, public awareness and research.
We all experience stress. Young people in Israel experience the same stressors as young people in the United States, but also have added pressures related to the constant security threat in Israel. Israeli youth have had to live through war, military conflicts, and countless terror attacks that have occurred in the cities and towns in which they live.
In fact, 70% of all children living in the south of Israel exhibit symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of the ongoing fear of rocket attack and danger.
Even in times of relative calm, the stress of living “in the line of fire” may feel overwhelming and make it difficult to function “normally” without outside help. Young people may feel depressed and anxious. They may not be able to sleep or concentrate in school. They may withdraw from family and friends, and may become irritable or even aggressive Some even develop health problems such as severe stomach aches or headaches.
There are many ways that you, as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, can partner with NATAL in providing help to children and teens in Israel. Here are some options to think about—some more involved than others. Feel free to be creative and know we are here to provide assistance.