The evolution of the emergency mental health system in Israel-from the 1980’s until today

Bodas, M., Ben-Gershon, B., Rubinstein, Z., Bergman-Levy, T., & Peleg, K. (2015). The evolution of the emergency mental health system in Israel-from the 1980’s until today. Israel journal of health policy research, 4(1), 1.

Emergency and disaster situations such as war or terrorism can leave a devastating impact on the mental well-being of victimized populations. In Israel, the civilian aspects of trauma-related mental distress were first extensively tackled during the 1980s, and mainly within the terror-stricken Jerusalem and the localities along the northern border. Since then, a systematic process of trial and error has led to the evolution of emergency mental health services in the country. Over the course of about forty years, it has grown to be an exemplary one. It is a system deeply rooted in the ground, resulting from both a change of discourse and a naturalistic process of lesson learning, that is, drawing conclusions from actual fieldwork. This process and its implications on the mental well-being of Israelis are thoroughly discussed in this research.

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