A mezuzah for The Sydney Clinic

November 13, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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In recognition of ‘Mental Health Month’, Federal Liberal MP for Wentworth Dave Sharma and Mental Health Commissioner Rabbi Mendel Kastel, recently toured The Sydney Clinic in Bronte.

Dave Sharma, Rabbi Mendel Kastel, Roger Clifford, Gina Strauss, Dr Greg Been

The clinic is a private mental health hospital which caters for in-patients, out-patients and weekly ZOOM Therapy sessions.

During the tour, Rabbi Kastel affixed a mezuzah to the clinic’s main door.

Dedicated accredited psychologists, GP’s and medical specialists together with nursing staff and allied health professionals play an important role in providing a range of treatments for its patients to cope with mood-related disorders, distress management, emotion regulation, alcohol & substance abuse and behaviour therapy. Mindfulness forms the basis of many of the therapies on offer which include ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy); DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).

For over forty years, the Clinic has contributed to the provision of quality care and clinical excellence.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel told J-Wire: “It was an honour for me to put up a new Mezuzah at The Sydney Clinic with my good friend Dave Sharma. The Sydney Clinic and Jewish house have been working together for more than 13 years to provide support to people in the community who need mental health support.

As part of this, I have been visiting the clinic on a regular basis to provide pastoral support. We look forward to continuing and growing this relationship into the future.”

Dave Sharma added:  “We often discuss the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of physical health, but mental health is just as important.

Many have been pushed to the brink of their coping, and I’m grateful that Jewish House and The Sydney Clinic are providing support in Wentworth at such a pivotal time.”

General manager of The Sydney Clinic, Elma Fourie said that there has been a substantial increase in demand with COVID-19 stress and isolation taking a toll on people’s mental health.  She added: “Local demand for our services has been high for quite some time now, and this has increased during the COVID pandemic”

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