This policy briefing from the German Israeli Health Forum for Artificial Intelligence (GIHF-AI) sheds light on the impact of the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023, and the subsequent war on the Israeli population. It highlights both the psychological effects and the enormous challenges for the Israeli healthcare system. Additionally, it examines Israel and Germany’s healthcare systems in the mental health sector, focusing on Digital Mental Health and international cooperation possibilities.
The unprecedented Hamas attack targeting Israel on October 7, 2023, and the subsequent war, have far-reaching psychological and psychiatric consequences for the Israeli population. Clinics in Israel have admitted numerous patients with acute stress reactions and stress disorders since the attack. It is expected that many people will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of this attack.
Therefore, there is currently a significant need for mental health engagement. This must not only involve destigmatization and health education but also international and interdisciplinary collaboration, coupled with a global increase in investments and support for innovation. Additionally, enhanced collaboration between healthcare providers and policymakers is recommended to implement effective psychosocial programs and simplify access to innovative solutions such as internet-based applications.
If the innovative Startup Nation Israel collaborates with Germany and its firmly established and multimodal psychosocial care and research system, they can play a pioneering role in this field from which people worldwide can benefit.