MAGEN – mental health enhancement in the front line.


Militaries throughout the world are occupied in combat missions worldwide. Looking at the morbidity in the wake of these engagements, the psychiatric burden stands out as most significant with a published prevalence rate of around 8 – 15% in the fighting forces and even higher rate for acute stress reaction (ASR). The Israeli Magen behavioral program, based on solid scientific ground, was conceived to provide a targeted while simple and straightforward treatment action for combat-related ASR states in theater, to be administered by soldier-to-soldier in the immediate aftermath of combat operations. The program could be shown to contribute to lowering the rate of combat-related stress injuries and to helping build resiliency in combat soldiers.

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IDF Soldiers Resting From Combat

The IDF delegation to the Berlin Summit 12/15

Here are the delegation members for the Berlin summit – All members took part in the development of the „Magen“-program and its implementation in the IDF.

Col Karen Ginat, MD- Head, Mental Health Department, IDF Medical Corps

Col Eyal Fruchter, MD – former Head, Mental Health Department, IDF Medical Corps

LtCol Vlad Svetlitzky, PhD – Head, Mental Health Branch, IDF Ground Forces

Maj Noa Berezin-Cohen – Head Mental Health Officer, IDF South Medical Command


Pictures & Text: Israel Defense Forces

Das 6. Berliner Psychotraumakolloquium wird durchgeführt in Kooperation mit:

Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Berlin

Psychotraumazentrum der Bundeswehr

Sanitätsakademie der Bundeswehr

Deutscher BundeswehrVerband e. V.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wehrmedizin und Wehrpharmazie e. V.

Arbeitsgruppe Veteranen - Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (CCM), Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Angriff auf die Seele - Psychosoziale Hilfe für Angehörige der Bundeswehr e.V.

Soldaten und Veteranen Stiftung