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"Crash on the floor crying": Police officers who evacuated the dead in Meron are assisted by psychological assistance

The 5,000 policemen who came to secure the Rashbi tomb complex did not expect the celebration to turn into heavy mourning. That they did not save anymore "


  • Mount Meron disaster

  • Israel Police

  • Mental Health

  • Post Trauma

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Tuesday, 04 May 2021, 08:17

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In the video: DIP investigators at the scene on Mount Meron (Photo: Shlomi Gabay)

Police and border guards are accustomed to being in a changing and tense environment, but to the terrible disaster that took place on Mount Meron, no one could prepare those who were there.

The 5,000 policemen and border guards who arrived to secure the Rashbi tomb complex expected an evening crowded with crowds from all over the country, but none of them expected the celebration to turn into heavy mourning.

About 200 of them were directly exposed to the terrible disaster, rescuing the wounded and aiding in the rescue of crushed bodies, including several dozen carrying a scar from that night.


It was learned that immediately after the first publications about the disaster and its scope, the mental health system of the police mobilized to care for and support the police officers who were exposed to the harsh sights.

With the announcement of a multi-casualty incident, the lineup, which includes 28 officers and combatants specializing in mental health, jumped to the mountain to meet and escort the forces on the ground.

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The dead in Meron, April 30 (Photo: Reuters, Yishai Yerushalmi / in rooms)

The first instruction to the commanders was not to release any police officers to his home before the mental health personnel spoke to him, in what the police called a "closing call" - a conversation designed to check the policeman's condition, exposed to the harsh sights and discreetly share his feelings. "A police officer who witnesses sights of the kind we saw in Meron, must not be released home immediately before talking to him. They are taken and talked to about the incident."

The first priority was forensics and police officers who were in the first circle at the scene of the tragic incident, treating the bodies and rescuing the wounded. After them, was the population of researchers who came to Abu Kabir, absorbed the families and engaged in the body identification work at the Institute of Forensic Medicine. Police sources say that "we have police officers who each saved 20 people and still feel great guilt that they were unable to save any more."

In the mental health system, the police mapped out the main causes of the distress discovered by the police and border guards who were exposed to the disaster. The fighters told of a high number of children who were injured and lost their lives in the incident, which caused many cops mental distress. At the age of their children, and children who were seriously injured and rescued, "said a police source.

Police do not remember a disaster with such a large number of casualties and wounded.

Police officers with families outside the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir, April 30 (Photo: Reuven Castro)

"Rapid discourse allows for better rehabilitation. The world of post-trauma concerns prevention. After such an event, police invest efforts in post-trauma prevention and symptoms of difficulty sleeping, images of the disaster scene returning to their eyes, loss of appetite and symptoms of vomiting, erupting crying and tremors in the body , ”The source described.

The same source added that "during the rescue, the police officers were working on an automaton. After they finished extracting and evacuating the bodies, you saw police officers sitting on the floor and crashing into tears." Currently, most of the police officers who took part in the rescue have returned to work, while there are some police officers who have not yet returned to work, and have asked for several more days of recovery at home. The police are also accompanying them these days through mental health professionals.

Immediately after the disaster, the mental health system of the police issued a page of instructions "for a processing call after a complex incident", to all the commanders of the police officers who worked in the field.

The document states how the conversation with the traumatized police officer should be conducted: "It is very important to gather the police officers and talk to them about what they experienced. The purpose of the conversation is to process the police officer's experience, strengthen the individual's strengths and coping abilities, thus reducing mental illness. And post-trauma. "

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