YaHaLOM: A Rapid Intervention for Acute Stress Reactions in High-Risk Occupations

Vlad Svetlitzky, Moshe Farchi, Ariel Ben Yehuda, Amy B. Adler

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While previous studies have examined the long-term mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events in the military, few studies have focused on acute stress reactions (ASRs) during the mission itself. The present paper describes the development is a novel peer-based intervention created by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for use in high-stress contexts (known as the Hebrew acronym “YaHaLOM”). Following an overview of diagnostic and clinical considerations, we review the potential frameworks for developing YaHaLOM, detail the five steps of the intervention, describe implementation of YaHaLOM training in the IDF, and review examples of YaHaLOM utilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-242
Number of pages11
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Acute stress reaction
  • Israel
  • combat stress reaction
  • immediate intervention
  • military
  • peer-based intervention
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • resilience training


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