The director of “Marbe Daat” Mental Health Center, who is known as one of the greatest psychiatric professionals in Israel, describes the groundbreaking revolution that defines the establishment of a center that is specifically adapted to the Torah-observant community.
Prof. Strous, Director of the Psychiatric Wing, Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, Bnei Brak, Israel, a world renowned psychiatrist, describes the groundbreaking revolution that defines the establishment of a center that is specifically adapted to the Torah-observant community, and the remendous damage that emotional abuse can cause. “Both as far as the medical team as well as the physical conditions, there is nothing that comes even close to what is being offered here.”
Unfortunately, mental illness is prevalent, and yet it is commonly denied or concealed. This is especially true for the Orthodox Jewish community. The paralyzing fear of “what will people say” prevent many from seeking treatment which could potentially allow them to rejoin – or at least partially rejoin – normal life.
Over the last few years, there seems to be a growing awareness of the need to treat mental disorders and an understanding that this will assist not only the suffering patient but also his family members. This understanding has led to a new willingness and an increase in the number of patients seeking treatment.
A few months ago, a silent but powerful revolution began within the Orthodox community. This revolution is “Marbe Daat” – Maaynei Hayeshua Medical Center’s mental health branch. Named by the leading rabbinical authority, Rav Chaim Kanievsky.
Two new inpatient wards will open shortly: one for women and one for pediatrics. The first, a men’s ward, was opened several months ago. The opening of the new wards serves as an expansion of the existing services, which to date include the men’s ward, the outpatient department and clinics. All the wards will offer completely separate inpatient services for up to three weeks, following which the patients will return to their homes to continue their journeys after having been placed back on track.
The new seven story building is meticulously designed with visual, technological and ease of use considerations in mind. The Center is managed by some of the greatest experts in all necessary fields. In 2011, the cornerstone for the new building was laid, and following feverish work under tight deadlines and enormous limitations, the massive building was erected, with three of its floors already in service.