With over 1 million Russian and Ukrainian immigrants in Israel powerless to help their loved ones on the continent, NATAL has seen an increase in anxiety-ridden calls to its toll-free Helpline. To meet this increased demand, we are recruiting and training new Russian-speaking volunteers in trauma modalities. The needs will only increase, as the Helpline is a referral pipeline to the full offerings of NATAL services, and we are predicting an increase in demand in every program area that we provide.
The Helpline is available to Ukrainian-Israelis and Russian-Israelis, but will also be available to the anticipated influx of 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.
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Galyna* called into the Helpline exhibiting extreme agitation and and fear for the safety of her family back in Ukraine. It took 20 minutes for the Helpline volunteer to begin to calm her down and focus on ways she could help from afar. Galyna will now have access to a fixed, pre-planned weekly call with a Russian-speaking Helpline volunteer and the option of being referred to NATAL's wider therapeutic services, as necessary.
(*Name redacted for privacy)