World Suicide Prevention Day

10 09 2012

Today is the World Suicide Prevention Day. Not many people know but the rates of suicide in the world are enormous. In the US alone, over than 36,000 people die by suicide each year. In Israel more people are dying from suicide than from car accidents. Unfortunately, we still don’t understand enough the reasons for suicide and the ways to address this major public health phenomenon. By all means, though, the fact that suicide is very low prioritized among policy makers lead to a situation where the budget for research in this field is very low (in Israel almost ZIRO) and the services aimed to address it are poorly funded does not help the dire situation.  ANY THOUGHTS WHY SUCH A DIRE PHENOMENON GET SO LITTLE ATTENTION AND SUCH A POOR BUDGET???

Here is a short video by NIMH where NIMH director interviews NIMH research Dr. Jane Pearson. I hope that you will find it helpful.






Lunatic Asylum — 2012

14 07 2012

One of my main professional missions is to reduce the stigma attached to psychiatric treatment. I believe that while mental health providers do not have a cure to psychiatric illnesses they can enhance rehabilitation, recovery and social inclusion of people with psychiatric illnesses. I also believe that in order to reduce stigma there is a need to stop the non-scientific body-mind separation and to promote one treatment system to all persons with health conditions in Israel, including people with psychiatric illnesses. And I believe that when the public health system allows cases of neglect and inhumane conditions for people in psychiatric institutions stigma will never end.  This sad and disturbing article illustrates (again) the inexcusable and unbearable situation of a psychiatric hospital in Israel. Dear policy makers, it is time to close this psychiatric hospitals and other and to open psychiatric departments in general hospitals. This is no less important than the nuclear threat or any other burning issue in the Israeli society!

Good week for all of us.



חדר קר ומנוכר, בלי מדף או שידה. ארכיון  (צילום: קובי קואנקס)                              מרצפות התרוממו לאחר הזנחה של שנים. ארכיון   (צילום: גדי דגון)             הזנחה בכל פינה. מקלחת באברבנאל. ארכיון  (צילום: קובי קואנקס)

From whence will their help come??

18 06 2012

As I wrote in previous posts, eating disorders are very complicated  disorders that require a very intense treatment from a multi-professionals team. Furthermore, coping with the symptoms of these disorders requires a full cooperation and a strong will and persistence from those who cope with these complex health conditions. However, due to a very dire and  inexcusable situation of the health services to people with eating disorders in Israel its seems like the only thing that people with severe eating disorders in Israel can do in these days is to pray and hope that somehow the disorder will disappear…