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.
“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
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 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
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.
(who never forgets you)
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
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