Inauguration of Mental Health Building

 

pr mental health inaug of bldg Vizhnitzer Rebbe2013In the presence of many distinguished rabbis and public figures, as well as rehabilitating individuals and their families, Ezer Mizion inaugurated the new, spacious building housing its Mental Health Rehab House, that features sheltered employment and training for people recovering from mental illness.

pr mental inaug 2013 Premlishane Rebbe KKW_7819Since the inception of Ezer Mizion’s Mental Health services department some fifteen years ago, it has served as the address for rehabilitating individuals, enabling them to work and resume normative life. The beautiful, new structure was erected as a collaborative effort of Ezer Mizion, the National Insurance Institute and the Ministry of Health, with the goal of upgrading the rehabilitation process. Continue reading Inauguration of Mental Health Building

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No Longer Alone

No more shame, no more concealment, no more shying away from getting help. The mentally ill are no longer alone.

Sara’s Story

Sara was a bubbly, upbeat bride. The couple was deliriously joyful when they realized they’d soon become a threesome. But months later, what permeated their home was anything but joy. With the maturity uncharacteristic of a young husband, barely out of his teens, he turned to Ezer Mizion for help. “I understand that a new mother has to rest but my wife  just ignores the baby no matter how hard he cries. Sometimes she’ll burst into tears for no apparent reason. She was fine after birth but now, three months later, she neglects the house, neglects the baby.  It doesn’t appear that she is tired or even lazy. It seems as pr mental illness flower MB900445658if she-she-she’s not there!” the young husband’s voice broke. Continue reading No Longer Alone

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Yetzirah b’chol Tzurah (Creativity in every Form)

Catchy title, isn’t it if you know Hebrew? The title was created by the members of one of Ezer Mizion’s Social Clubs for women in the process of mental health rehabilitation. The evening entitled Yetzirah b’chol Tzurah enabled the women to display their creations, which ranged from crafts to poetry, from dance to art, all which had been produced at Ezer Mizion’s Mental Health Division’s  various programs.

Continue reading Yetzirah b’chol Tzurah (Creativity in every Form)

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Partnership 5773: Yated Israel September 2013

Partnership 5773

The year 5773 draws to a close, and as is customary in companies and organizations at the end of the year, Ezer Mizion sums up everything that was done in all its divisions and prays for a better year in all respects.

pr bldg DG857317At Ezer Mizion, the year 5773 was characterized by significant expansion in all areas of help and assistance under the organization’s command. All this is thanks to Ezer Mizion’s dear partners, who gave the organization the ability and the strength to press forward in their work.

Ezer Mizion is now entering the thirty-fourth year of its activities. Continue reading Partnership 5773: Yated Israel September 2013

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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 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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