Efforts to support special-needs soldiers serving in the Israeli Defense Forces

Ehud Bodner, Iulian Iancu, Amiram Sarel, Haim Einat

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Providing treatment and support to special-needs populations can decrease psychopathology and suicide rates. Because service in the military is an important socializing force in Israeli society and most Israelis serve, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) makes special efforts to identify, treat, and support soldiers with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive problems. This column describes the IDF's efforts for three groups of soldiers with special needs, with a focus on those with the most severe problems who receive support throughout their service to address psychopathology and suicidality. Suicide rates for the IDF population and for the three groups are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1396-1398
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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