British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua sponsored panel evening in London was attended by more than 450 ladies.
As part of Mayanei Hayeshua’s outreach programme, a memorable event took place recently in London tackling the local problem of stigma in mental health. So important is this topic, hundreds of concerned members of the community turned up on a very wintry night, to hear the expert advice of the professional panel, and a lecture given by the guest of honour Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi.
Chaired by British Friends of Mayanei Board member Sara Cohen, herself a trained educational psychologist, the panel consisted of Rebbetzen Esther Pearlman, Head of Menorah High School, Naomi Lerer, Child and Family Psychotherapist, Leah Chontow, Mental Health Co-Ordinator, and local GP Dr Frazer Rosenberg, while the hospital was represented by international director, Chaim Fachler.
Many very pertinent questions were submitted and presented to the panel, each of whom eloquently presented their professional perspective.
Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi, niece of the hospital’s iconic founder the late Dr Moshe Rothschild, gave a very moving speech, in which she described her recent visit to Mayanei Hayeshua’s Mental Health Centre, and specifically the Eating Disorders Day Care Unit.
Chaim Fachler noted with pride how the very existence of the magnificent 6 storey psychiatric wing in Bnei Berak has already contributed enormously to breaking the stigma, and events like these need to be encouraged and supported.