Members of the Social Club for the Mentally Ill display their clock creations
Partially due to society’s stigmas, the mentally ill are compelled to prove to the world – and even more importantly, to themselves – that their lives can be meaningful. For those with musical inclinations, Ezer Mizion’s Sounds of the Soul music group fills that need and helps them to restore a sense of self-esteem. Says Danny* who plays the bass guitar, “When I saw the audience dancing to the music that we had created, I understood that I am worth something. I’m not a ‘broken utensil’ to be discarded as refuse. I can create. I have value.” Continue reading Sounds of the Soul
Ezer Mizion’s Mental Health Division hosted a seminar to train mentors and coaches. The seminar was geared for new staff members who recently joined the division as part of the mentoring and coaching staff. The goal of the event was to give the new workers knowledge and practical tools to assist them in their important and challenging task of supporting people struggling with mental illness. Continue reading Mental Health Mentor Training Seminar
Improving Communication in the Family
Hundreds of people participated in the annual seminar hosted by Ezer Mizion’s Mental Health Family Support Center. The seminar this year focused on dilemmas and pathways to recovery. Continue reading Pathways to Recovery
Mental illness. It shatters families. They need help desperately yet they cower in a corner, too ashamed to ask. Helpless, they try to cope. And when they cannot? Distraught, they search for an address. Someone they can trust. Someone who really cares. Someone who will turn their own schedule upside down because they really want to help. They approach Ezer Mizion. Where the staff understands. Where they do not have to be ashamed. Where they will receive everything they need and more.
Several families of patients hospitalized at Gehah Psychiatric Facility contacted Ezer Mizion reporting that, unfortunately, there is no Shabbat atmosphere at all in the facility., Week after week, the religious patients have no opportunity to experience the beauty of Shabbat, a basic component of their previous lives and so vital to their eventual rehabilitation. Some of the family members have to walk in all the way from nearby cities in order to create the Shabbat atmosphere for their relative.
Moshe Yisraeli, Ezer Mizion Petach Tikvah branch director, understood the need. He contacted the ward heads and senior staff. The facility agreed to his plan and every Shabbat, volunteers will come to the ward and organize a Kabbalat Shabbat prayer, with joyful song, Kiddush, and a Shabbat aura, so that the patients in this ward, too, could experience Shabbat joy. The volunteers were hand-picked and trained regarding the regulations of the facility and what to expect from this group of special-needs patients. Technical details in dealing with the complexities of Shabbat laws regarding electric doors etc. were expertly handled.
Problems arose. Problems were solved. And the project became a reality. Shabbat had entered the portals of Gehah Psychiatric Facility courtesy of Ezer Mizion.
In honor of Pesach: Occupational Rehabilitation Center participants, which also teaches life skills, prepared a gift for their Pesach hosts – an arrangement including a plant, chocolates and wine, along with a personal dedication.
At Ezer Mizion’s Mental Health Division, the Life Skills Center forms an integral part of the Occupational Rehabilitation project. Continue reading Mental Health: Step by Step
A Family Destroyed..A Family Rebuilt
Among Ezer Mizion’s many programs are its Awareness and Support Groups which empower those dealing with a range of difficulties with understanding of the disorder, practical means of coping and availability of assistance.
Last winter, Sara* and David* began attending a support group to learn how to deal with ADHD. Their six-year-old son had recently been diagnosed and they were anxious for tips. Continue reading A Time to Rebuild
A special lecture introducing the subject of “Personality Disorders” was hosted as part of a series on mental health issues coordinated by Ezer Mizion’s Mental Health Family Counseling Center that serves families with a mentally ill member. Co-sponsors of the series together with Ezer Mizion are Pa’amonei Tikvah and the Bnei Brak municipality. Continue reading Personality Disorders
While awareness of physical health challenges is popular and encouraged, the area of mental health often remains shrouded in a fog. Ezer Mizion has been working in recent years to create a turnaround in this attitude. Continue reading Lifting the Fog on Mental Health