Charedi charities to host mental health awareness event for parents

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Charedi charities to host mental health awareness event for parents

British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua and Noa Girls team up on Wednesday 22nd May to champion emotional wellbeing and eating disorder support in teenage community

Mayanei Hayeshua Mental Health Building
Mayanei Hayeshua Mental Health Building

Two community charities are joining forces to host an awareness evening to help parents navigate mental health issues that could potentially affect their children.

On Wednesday 22 May, British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua, a community Charedi hospital in Bnei Brak and Noa Girls, a charity supporting Orthodox teenage girls will be jointly welcoming guests to “The Courage to Talk” in north west London.

Naomi Lerer, Child and Adolsecent Pyschotherapist, and CEO of Noa Girls

The high-profile speakers include Professor Rael Strous, medical director of Mayanei Hayeshua’s Mental Health Centre, Mrs. Naomi Lerer, founder and director of Noa Girls and Mrs. Esther Pearlman, headteacher of Menorah High School for Girls. There will also be a Q&A panel discussion.

The event will take place in advance of the launch of Mayanei Hayeshua’s new English-speaking trauma and anxiety clinic for gap-year students in Israel, directed by psychiatrist Dr Bella Schanzer, who will also be speaking at the event.

Chaim Fachler, director of the hospital’s department of international development said: “We want parents sending their gap-year children to Israel to be aware of this clinic.”

Noting that tens of thousands of students arrive in Israel each year to study in yeshivot, seminaries and other gap-year programmes, he added: “While most of those institutions have a plan in place in the event of a medical emergency, it is also vital that they also have in place an infrastructure to treat mental health issues.”

Prof. Rael Strous – Head of Psychiatry Wing

“When an adolescent patient comes from a religious family, it is even more crucial that the entire mental health team is sensitive to his or her special needs, and understands their cultural background.

“That is why the hospital has separate male/female wards and rooms – something that exists only in a handful of high-price private clinics in the USA.”

To register for the May 22 event, and to submit questions in advance, contact or call 020-8731-7025.

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