Lecture on Mental Health by Rabbi Shalom Hammer
On June 7th, the International Young Israel Movement in cooperation with the Jewish Agency hosted a lecture entitled: Gila’s way: Lessons to learn regarding the value of life by Rabbi Hammer. The main focus of the lecture was mental health and suicide awareness. Many gathered to listen to Rabbi Hammer as he shared his personal experience on this topic. His daughter, Gila, died by suicide in 2019. The audience gained coping tools and deeper insight on this vital topic. Everyone left the evening enlightened and filled with life lessons they can implement.
Mental Health First Aid Course
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crises resolves.
The Youth MHFA course is taught by Rabbi Shalom Hammer is a 14-hour course that teaches anyone who deals with youth 18 years and younger, how to assist young adults/teens who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Usually 4 modules, each 3 ½ hours – or can be multi modules providing the course does not exceed 30 days.
Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. They will learn a framework for communication, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person towards appropriate treatments and other supportive help.
The course format caters for all learning styles with opportunities to participate, discuss scenarios and practice skills via interactive exercises. Our instructors provide a comfortable learning environment and are trained to support your participation and learning.
Course participants receive a copy of the MHFA manual guide and certification as a Mental Health First Aid(er) upon completion.
Course content is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researchers, clinicians, service user advocates and career advocates across the western world. The program has been extensively evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma, increasing helping behaviors and improving participants’ own mental health. These evaluations have been carried out in the workplace and community settings.
Israel is the 29th country worldwide to offer and license MHFA.
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Workshops for families and couples to gain tools and practical tips on how to navigate post- corona family life.
The module is entitled: Hybrid Life: how to mix pre-corona norms with post-corona insights
The workshops are facilitated by
Rachel Weinstein, Clinical Social Worker Grief and Bereavement Counseling
Aliyah Transition and Adjustment
The workshops start in August and will be taught in English in Beit Shemesh
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