In recent months, Professor Rael Strous, the South African-born medical director of Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Centre’s Mental Health Wing, has addressed audiences in Johannesburg, Melbourne and Toronto.
On the 13th and 14th of May, he added London and Manchester to the list of major cities where professional and lay audiences have benefited from his unique insights. Regarded as one of Israel’s leading psychiatrists, Professor Strous heads the world’s first culturally sensitive mental health facility.
On Sunday 13 May, 2018, in the London home of Mrs Sara Cohen, Professor Strous was the guest speaker at a fundraising evening organised by the British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua. The focus of the event was mental health issues affecting the community. After an introduction by Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, Professor Strous addressed a high-profile audience of 80 on two separate topics: “The role of family therapy in the management of mental illness;” and “Eating disorders.” After a wide-ranging Q&A, Mayanei Hayeshua’s director of the Department of International Resource Development, Chaim Fachler, conducted an appeal for the hospital.
On Monday 14 May, the British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua, in conjunction with Pathways, Gateway Action Salford and Neshomo, sponsored a full-day mental health seminar in Stenecourt, Prestwich. The event started with Professor Strous speaking on “Eating Disorders in the Jewish community, and in the afternoon session, he spoke on “The challenges facing educational professionals.” In the evening, Professor Strous addressed an audience of over 50 women on “Resilience and mental wellbeing in a challenging world,” followed by a lively Q&A panel session including Professor Strous, Rabbi Eisenberg and Debra Fraser. The day ended with a delicious sushi buffet. A total of over 150 people attended the various events at this timely mental health seminar.