Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Centre

Since it opened its doors almost a quarter of a century ago, Israel's Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Centre (MHMC) continues to be guided by the unique vision of its founder, Dr Moshe Rothschild: to provide the population of Bnei Brak and beyond with innovative high-quality medical services based on Halachah (Jewish law) and the values of sanctity of life and human dignity. MHMC has a large Obstetrics and Gynecology ward with delivery rooms, maternity and gynecology clinic, a high-risk pregnancy department, and a neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU). Other departments include:
  • Emergency
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology & Diabetes
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • ENT
  • Anesthesia
  • Critical Care
  • Operating rooms
  • Blood bank
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • 35 outpatient clinics
  • Outreach programs
  • ...and more

MHMC Out-Patient Mental Health Clinic

MHMC's Mental Health Clinic is the only facility of its kind in Israel employing a holistic, community approach to psychiatric family and child psychiatric care interventions. Patients from around the country access a range of out-patient services including treatments in the community, rehabilitation and integration back into society. The Clinic is sensitive to the mental health care needs of individuals in the traditional Jewish community who might otherwise remain untreated because of the social stigma associated with mental illness and its treatment. The Clinic trains psychologists and social workers from other medical centres in the provision of more appropriate levels of care for patients in their communities. The Clinic has made a significant impact on the community, with over 18,000 individuals treated and over 200,000 treatments administered. Such is the demand that new patients sometimes have to wait weeks before getting the initial appointment and assessment.

Family-Centred Program for Children and Youth with Mental Illness

The staff at the Clinic believe that intervention for young clients must include the family unit. The Family-Centred Program for Children and Youth with Mental Illness ensures that the children and adolescents experience a smooth transition to normative family and community life. The program identifies at-risk families with psychological and social problems, provides coping skills to both the client and their family, helps improve parental authority and nurturing skills, and reestablishes the individual's connections to community support systems. The program is currently developing a professional protocol covering a young patient's "reentry" back into society.

New Multi-discipline Community Mental Health Centre

MHMC has recognized that the Clinic's 8 rooms in temporary prefabricated buildings are inadequate, and that there is an urgent need for more clinics and more professional staff. The newly-built Multi-discipline Community Mental Health Centre is a spacious facility that will accommodate all future services and treatments, and will provide accessible, community-based mental health care services to tens of thousands of individuals in need. In the short term, this dedicated Community Mental Health Centre will incorporate Out-Patient Clinics, a Family Therapy Unit, and a Day Care Department. Longer-term, the centre will also house a Short-term In-Patient Department, and an expanded Research and Training Centre.

The Mordechai Fachler Family Therapy Unit

The Family Therapy Unit in MHMC's new Multi-discipline Community Mental Health Centre will be known as the Mordechai Fachler Family Therapy Unit. The late Rabbi Mordechai Fachler was a pioneer in recognizing the unique challenge of mental health interventions in an under-served segment of the community amongst whom mental illness and treatment have long been stigmatized.

"On my recent visit to Mayanei Hayeshua's Mental Health Outpatient Department, the senior staff described their vision for expanding the existing services into a Family Therapy Unit that will serve as a "warm home" for families in need. I was much impressed by the passion, compassion and therapeutic methods of the professional team, whose approach is all too rare in the Israeli mental health scene, especially with communities that can so easily slip under the social radar.

It is most fitting that the Family Therapy Unit will be named after my late uncle, Rabbi Mordechai Fachler, whose entire ethos reflected the teaching from Pirkei Avot, "Where there are no men, strive to be a man." He constantly strove to deepen and hone his therapeutic skills, particularly in the field of family treatment. I can think of no finer legacy than to have his name perpetuated in the Mordechai Fachler Family Therapy Unit."

Dr Amit Fachler
Senior Clinical Psychologist, Inpatient Department, Geha Mental Institute
Chief Psychologist, Petach Tikva Child-Parent Centre
Lecturer, Bnei Brak Haredi College

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Make My Soul Better:
Mental Health in Israel's Haredi Communities

by Anna Harwood
a student of Clinical Psychology at Bar Ilan University