Letters to the Editor – Inyan Tziburi
Anxiety from Yamim Noraim
Oct. 20, 2014
Dear Public Interest section:
It is a few days before Rosh Hashanah, and I have finally decided to take paper and pen and write – write to everyone who, like me, is overwhelmed by anxiety. Not fear of the Divine Judgment, but fear of the harsh future that will be decreed upon me for the next year, G-d forbid. I tremble in fear from the red mark on the highways, and am terrified that I or someone in my family has been marked for tragedy. I wait with inner impatience for the Yamim Noraim – and they are really terrible days for me – to be over, and for the gleeful days of Sukkot to come and with their joy, silence the storm raging within my heart.
Another year passes, and yet another, and for me, as early as the sunny month of Tamuz, Elul with all its fears, anxieties and nerves, begins to darken my state of mind. I become an edgy, moody mother, wracked by guilt feelings. Continue reading Uncalled for Anxiety
As a service for residents of Modi’in Ilit and guests from the South, the local branch of Ezer Mizion began operating a telephone “Hot Line” that can be called 24 hours a day to obtain advice and guidance on topics relating to the emergency situation.
These days, many parents and educators are confronted by children’s fears and anxieties, as well as other responses stemming from the security situation. Not always do they know how to deal with these incidents – what is the right thing to do and how best to respond.
In response to this need, the local branch of Ezer Mizion opened an emergency telephone line which can be called twenty-four hours a day. The operators staffing the line are trained to give guidance, counsel, and support in areas that commonly arise as a result of the sensitive security situation. Generally, after speaking with them, the callers have a clearer idea of how best to conduct themselves and can cope better with the frightened child, hysterical teen, and so on.
Residents of the city, as well as out-of-town guests who are here temporarily due to the situation, are welcome to call at any time – 1-800-888-910 – and will receive an appropriate response to their questions.
Next week, as part of a series on mental health topics of interest, Ezer Mizion’s Family Support Center will be hosting a lecture on the subject of social anxiety, in collaboration with the Elad municipality.
The main speaker, Dr. Yaakov Charnes, Ministry of Health regional psychiatrist, will speak about social anxiety, low self-image and ways to deal with them. He will also discuss introversion and extreme shyness that detracts from normal functioning and blocks normal joie de vivre.
If you a mental health professional or therapist, educator, family member or the general public you are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 20th, at the Sport Center, Avtalyon St., Elad at 8:00 PM.