Shields of Resilience

Our combat soldiers are at risk of PTSD, trauma, and depression. They need tools and support to safely transition from the battlefield.

Shields of Resilience is a major mental health initiative, giving IDF soldiers the critical
support they need to re-enter combat or return to civilian life.

The Urgency of this Moment

“There’s a huge need for PTSD screenings and processing of war experiences. We are responsible for the lives of our combat soldiers and the consequences of their service. It’s crucial for units to get closure, talk about what they went through, and share their personal and group stories.”

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Brig. General Hadas Minka Brand
, Former Head of the IDF's Behavioral Science Center and Organizational Advisor to the Chief of Staff

The Urgency of this Moment

“If not caught early, soldiers are at risk of becoming violent, developing family problems with spouses and children, and suffering from drug and alcohol problems that will affect them for the rest of their lives.”

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Lt. Col. Y,
IDF Mental Health Officer

The Urgency of this Moment

“20% of this population, and that's a lot, will not work, will not function well as fathers and mothers, and will suffer terribly if their mental health goes untreated.”

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Professor Y. Gidron,
University of Haifa, Momentum Psychological Consultant
Mobilizing during Swords of Iron

Momentum’s Shields of Resilience Mental Health Initiative

After October 7th, the IDF Manpower Division asked Momentum to lead a major mental health initiative with the IDF’s Division of Mental Health and their Division of Behavioral Sciences.

Our team developed “Shields of Resilience” based on the latest PTSD and trauma research for combat soldiers exposed to the highest levels of violence.

Over 450 of our highly trained facilitators have begun screening soldiers for PTSD, helping them process their experiences, and giving them tools to build resilience. To start, we are working with 50,000 soldiers and the army aims to eventually provide this program for 125,000 combat soldiers from 250 battalions.

The IDF is prioritizing especially vulnerable units that need to carry out future missions. This includes units that have lost members or experienced extreme violence in battle.

Soldiers showing signs of PTSD are being referred for additional assistance to the IDF’s Mental Health Division. The IDF’s Research Division will study the effectiveness of the program and evaluate the impact of these interventions.

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Supporting soldiers during & after their service

Our Expertise

Leading Shields of Resilience 

To launch Shields of Resilience, we assembled a steering committee with the IDF that included top experts in the fields of PTSD and resilience as well as high-ranking IDF officials. These collaborations have enabled us to create the highest caliber program for our brave IDF servicemen and women.

History of Partnership with the IDF

In 2008, the founders of Thank Israeli Soldiers created an Israeli nonprofit, Momentum, to work intensively with the IDF, transitioning soldiers from service to civilian life. Since then, there have been over 100,000 graduates of Momentum programs and we work with all of the IDF’s combat units.

Momentum has developed a unique understanding of the psyche of soldiers and has skillfully trained civilian mental health professionals to work within the IDF’s very sensitive protocols. In 2022, our “Back to the Future” transition program was awarded the IDF Chief of Staff’s Award for Excellence in Programming and Innovation. 46% of Momentum’s funding comes from the IDF, demonstrating our strong collaboration and integration.

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“Shields of Resilience is a shift to a more evidence-based, scientific approach to PTSD. We work to move the trauma from the amygdala, the more primitive part of the brain, to the frontal cortex where we have more control. The idea is to catch soldiers early enough so that they control the story rather than the story controlling them.”

Professor Yori Gidron, University of Haifa, Momentum Psychological Advisor

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