A group of about 40 first responders and paramedics from Hatzola – Johannesburg were treated to an unusual but crucial professional training session by Professor Rael Strous, Director of Mayanei Hayeshua’s new Mental Health Wing on the topic: “How to handle patients who may be at risk of suicide.”
40 first responders participated in a valuable training session with Professor Strous on how to deal with psychiatric emergencies. This was part of the professor’s visits to Johannesburg and Melbourne where he trained Hatzoloh first responders, paramedics and help-line telephonists in handling cases of self-harm, suicide and anorexia.
Within the framework of their duties, the first responders encounter from time to time with patients whose condition is bordered with mental problems. This is why it is important this life-savers should learn this topic and know how to react in such cases.
There was a very lively interaction between the professor and the audience, especially around the subject of protocols to be adhered to when attending someone who may be threatening suicide.
In the last week of November 2019, Professor Rael Strous, the South African-born medical director of Mayanei Hayeshua’s Mental Health Centre, and professor of psychiatry at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine, was in London for a busy round of meetings and events organised by the British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua.