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Mental disorders rise among Israeli soldiers

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Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -An Israeli army official has revealed that mental disorders among Israeli occupation soldiers would triple over the next ten years.
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The head of the Mental Health Unit in the Israeli Army Colonel Karen Ginat said that thousands of “fighters” in the Israeli army are being treated, revealing that there are pilots in the Israeli Air Force who are taking antidepressants.

During a hearing in the Israeli parliament, Ginat warned against allowing these soldiers to go out of their bases with their weapons because they would pose a danger to society.

She added that military officials have warned of such danger; however, they decided to allow soldiers to take their weapons home.

Ginat said that young soldiers often avoid asking for help regarding their mental illnesses; which creates a crisis for the army, noting that this makes it difficult for the military to identify the psychological and mental disorders afflicting these soldiers.

In addition, she pointed to the recent suicide of four soldiers, who were suffering from serious mental illness, which they did not disclose.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has recently revealed that the Israeli army has hired psychologists to work in its ranks, in response to a growing of phenomenon of mental illness and suicide among Israeli soldiers.