Raising awareness of combat trauma following Israeli army service, ex IDF soldier, Sam Goodriche, founder of charity, ‘Soul Talk’, comes to Leeds this November.
Imagine…. you have experienced combat – you are trained to defend your country and then released into civilian life. Upon release, you start to relive traumas with no real opportunity to discuss and understand what has psychologically happened.
When Sam Goodriche was 10 years old, his parents, Debbie and Ian made aliyah, moving from their family home in Edgware to a Moshav on the outskirts of Netanya.
Sam made new friends and at high school and trained avidly with his friends in preparation of joining the IDF.
Sam was sent to his unit, the Tzanchanim paratroopers and was sent into a Palestinian refugee camp in Ramallah in search of terrorists, explosives and weapons. Constantly being on guard, Sam looked over his shoulder in fear of an attack at any time.
On leaving the IDF, like many of his peers, Sam headed off to India for a well-earned six week culture trip. Whilst travelling, he began to chat with fellow Israelis and very soon, Sam realised that many ex-soldiers had experienced similar ordeals, consequently resulting in what was later identified as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
They compared stories and experiences that had made a huge impact on their everyday life. It was the first time these such experiences had been shared, let alone discussed out loud.
Sam, when returning home, was offered a hand of support. NATAL, a charitable organization, helped Sam with his traumas and diagnosed him with PTSD.
This charity had such an impact on Sam and he found the people so inspiring, he felt he too could make a difference to young people suffering quietly and feeling alone. It was then that Sam’s charity, Soul Talk, was founded, to raise awareness of post combat trauma with support advisory services in both Israel and India.
Sam will be talking about his personal experiences and his charity, SOUL TALK , Thursday 29th November 7.30pm. Contact Makor 0113 2185873/2680899/ firstname.lastname@example.org