Paul Calvert spoke with David Koren, the Executive Director from ERAN.
ERAN is Israel’s only emotional first aid service, providing a confidential 24-hour hotline, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The various sector specific hotlines offer unconditional emotional support to those who are alone, depressed or in crisis. Paul Calvert spoke with David Koren, the Executive Director from ERAN, about suicide in Israel and the difference the volunteers at ERAN make to 160,000 people a year.
Paul: What is ERAN?
David: ERAN is the national hotline in Israel for suicide prevention, but it’s a helpline for everything. There is no issue that we are not dealing with on the phone and over the internet; within the family, outside the family, within the person himself, work situations, education, kids, marriage, relationships, death, sexual abuse and sexual orientation, so pretty much everything. We work with 1,100 volunteers, from 12 different places in Israel. We have around 100 volunteers who are operating 24 hours a day. This is what we have been doing for 43 years.
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