Sounds of the Soul

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

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Mental Health Mentor Training Seminar

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 challenpr mental illness seminar 2013 1634_ne_photo_stories2_7c8f1ging task of supporting people struggling with mental illness. Continue reading Mental Health Mentor Training Seminar

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A Need, An Address, A Solution

pr failureMental 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 inTable with Silver Candle Stands Beside Wine Chalice and Loaf of Bread 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.  

 

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Mental Illness: When the Security of Childhood is Shattered

pr phone MC900384154 (1)“Hello, Ezer Mizion calling…”

My knees buckled. My blood ran cold. Mentally, I counted my kids. I had just spanked my two-year-old for running in the street yesterday. Did he…? Is he…? Or Mimi? Was all that howling about a stomachache more than just a ploy to skip school? Are they operating now? Did they catch it in time? Or maybe it’s Daniel. I always told him not to climb…or Avi or…

 “Thank you for registering as a volunteer driver. We need you to do a pick up today.”

The knees straighten up and the blood flows smoothly again. I had forgotten about my registration. Thank G-d, all is well with my family. But for another family, all is not well at all.  The caller gives me the details. It’s two little girls. Continue reading Mental Illness: When the Security of Childhood is Shattered

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Mental Health: Step by Step

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, alpr mental health Pesach gift 2013 1568_ne_related_content_a_pic_2581cong 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

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Personality Disorders

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.pr mental illness flower MB900445658 Co-sponsors of the series together with Ezer Mizion are Pa’amonei Tikvah and the Bnei Brak municipality. Continue reading Personality Disorders

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‘Who Never Forgets You’

Thank you note from an employee at the
Mental Health Rehabilitation Catering Service
to her “colleagues” at Ezer Mizion

To the wonderful staff

I work with you, and greatly enjoy
your wonderful attitude,
The  help and support
that each of you give.

And above all –
“Ezer Mizion” –
which I truly feel is
an “Ezer” – a help.

You all help people, and I see it every day in your department.

Best wishes for much success and a pleasant vacation.

Miri K.

(who never forgets you)

 

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The Time We Spend Together

Thank You from Mothers of Children with  Mental Health Issues to their Support Group Leader

Dear Rivka, Ezer Mizion, and all those involved,

The time we spend together is such a warm, pleasant experience,
A weekly oasis, a breath of fresh air,
A station where we can fuel up with energy,
An opportunity to fill our lagging engines with love and tranquility,
A place that has an answer to our every question.

Have we been divinely fated to scale an impossibly steep mountain – Continue reading The Time We Spend Together

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