About Soul Talk
Soul Talk raises the awareness of combat trauma and builds legitimacy for every person who was in a combat situation to discuss
and process their experiences. We connect to nonprofit organizations who deal with processing combat situations and other organizations that provide therapy and treatment for PTSD
What we do
Soul Talk will raise the awareness of combat trauma and will build legitimacy for every person who was in a combat situation to discuss and process their experiences.
Soul Talk will connect to nonprofit organizations who deal with processing combat situations and other organizations that provide therapy and treatment for PTSD.
- To provide an information center acting as a "first step" in raising awareness of organizations in Israel which help process combat situations and that provide therapy and treatment for PTSD.
- To offer an open environment where released combat soldiers can exchange experiences and discuss their issues together and with the centers staff.
- To relay information via talks and videos about others who sought advice and how it helped them to move forward and deal with their post-army issues.
- To offer Yoga and meditation exercises and information on healthy lifestyle and mindfulness to provide a strong base for the on-going process.
Thousands of Israelis finish their army service each year. Many of them have been involved in at least one traumatic combat situation.
Upon release, they continue carrying around these traumas with no real opportunity to discuss and understand what happened to them and how it affected them.
Due to Israel's history of conflict, a number of highly skilled non-profit organizations are available to offer treatment and help but awareness of them is low amongst released soldiers.
Many of these young Israelis celebrate their release from the army with a long trip abroad to "clear their heads" .Many head for India ….but the issues resulting from combat service travel with them to India and remain upon their return to Israel.
Project Soul Talk will run an information centre in India to target these young Israeli travelers. Visitors to the centre will receive information regarding opportunities for assistance and help.
The center will allow released combat soldiers to take the first crucial step in facing their post-army issues. It will provide a legitimate environment for discussion and interaction, effectively allowing visitors to understand that it is both acceptable and important to seek help.
Why in India
About Project "Soul Talk" and why India?
India is one of the top destinations for young Israeli travelers, approximately 30,000 each year.
The majority of these youngsters have just finished their army service and are in search of a complete change and an opportunity to relax and take some time out. The thing that is common to all of them is the fact that they are open to explore and to listen. They are in new surroundings and away from the stress of army life in Israel
This rare situation gives a chance to begin to deal with post-army issues in a stress-free environment without being judged by colleagues. An opportunity to understand what happened during three years of compulsory army service.
The idea of Sam Goodriche, the founder of Soul Talk, began to develop while he was on a six week vacation in India.
While being there he came across young Israelis who after spending time talking told him that they had experienced things in the army that effected them constantly.
He listened to their stories and told them his. Most of them had never spoken about these experiences.
Sam told them about therapy he was receiving from a nonprofit organization called Natal. He told them that he had been diagnosed with PTSD nearly ten years after leaving the army. This condition was a result of combat situations from when he was serving in a special unit in the paratroopers. He explained the importance of processing these combat experiences and the importance of therapy if needed. He told them about some of the organizations who work in this field.
They listened and wrote down information.
Some of them contacted the organizations or Sam when they returned to Israel and began the process.
For Sam meeting these people was inspiring.
He understood that he can help and make a difference.
And the idea began to evolve....
An information center in India....Project Soul Talk
All of the donations are invested in our activity with released soldiers in Israel and in India. Thank you!