Category Archives: Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit

Providing Emotional Care In a Stressful Situation

On Wednesday night at around 10:30 p.m., after an 88-year-old man suffered a cardiac arrest in his bedroom on Ramban Street in Haifa, a group of United Hatzalah volunteers rushed over to his house to save him.    Three of … Continue reading

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The Importance of Having Properly Trained Mental Health Personnel Respond To Emergencies

One of the programs offered by United Hatzalah to the public free of charge is the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit (PCRU). The unit is tasked with responding to any medical emergency wherein a person involved, or even a bystander … Continue reading

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Dealing With The Tragedy When Lifesaving Goes From Rescue To Recovery

Tiberias– On Friday afternoon just before Sukkot at 2:30 p.m., a 30-year-old man who had been swimming with his father on the Khoury Beach in Tiberias got caught in the strong undertow in the Kineret and disappeared under the waves. … Continue reading

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“Never Could I Predict Something Like This”

By- Hadas Rucham  On Thursday afternoon, June 24th, Israel received the tragic news coming from Surfside, Florida regarding the collapse of the Champlain tower. Details of the collapsed building on Collins Ave quickly spread. The twelve-story condo complex had collapsed … Continue reading

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The Beauty Of Humanity Brought Out By a Therapy Dog

Batya Jaffe is one of the six Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit (PCRU) members from United Hatzalah currently active in Surfside, Florida. Batya is an Animal Assisted Therapist and together with her dog Lucy, a specially trained King Charles Cavalier, … Continue reading

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Easing The Ongoing Trauma Of Not Knowing – Together

As rescue efforts in the community of Surfside, Florida continue, United Hatzalah of Israel was dispatched on Saturday night together with the IDF’s Home Front Command in order to assist the forces and people on the ground cope with the … Continue reading

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United Hatzalah of Israel Sending Delegation To Provide Psychological First Aid and Support to Surfside Community Following Condo Collapse

United Hatzalah of Israel working in conjunction with El Al Airlines is sending a team from its Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit to provide psychological support and stabilization to the families and neighbors of those injured, killed, or affected by … Continue reading

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Dispatch, Crisis and Mental Health. An In-depth Look with UH Medical Director Avi Marcus.

The last two and a half weeks have been extremely busy for United Hatzalah’s Medical Director, Avi Marcus. Avi also runs the organization’s Psychotrauma Unit. The unit is a group of trained mental health professionals and medics responsible for providing psychological first … Continue reading

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Beating The Clock To Save A Life

On Sunday night just after 8 p.m., a 43-year-old man with no chronic illnesses was on a jog on Metula street in Holon when he suddenly collapsed. Alarmed neighbors who witnessed the man collapse quickly called United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and … Continue reading

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Psychotrauma Dog Unit Providing Psychological First Aid After The Loss of A Young Wife

On a Monday evening in January, a young woman who had recently given birth to the family’s first child collapsed at home in one of the northern neighborhoods of Jerusalem. First responders who arrived at the scene began CPR efforts … Continue reading

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