Forum discusses mental health services

December 19, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Sydney’s Jewish House has hosted a public forum inviting the local community to share their experiences and insights into mental health services with National Mental Health Commissioners Christine Morgan, Lucy Brogden and Rabbi Mendel Kastel.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel makes a point

The evening’s discussions will help guide ‘Vision 2030 for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention’ – a blueprint for mental health in Australia which outlines the goals and objectives for mental health systems, services and funding in Australia.

Close to 50 community members and leaders of Jewish community organisations attended the forum and shared their feedback on topics such as education and awareness, removing the stigma of mental health & wellness, privacy and confidentiality with medical professionals, and improving client care.

Lucy Brogden addresses the forum

CEO of Jewish House, and National Mental Health Commissioner, Rabbi Mendel Kastel said: “By working together, we can ensure that our concerns are heard and needs are met by government and services when it comes to mental health and suicide prevention. Forums like this week’s event give our local community a platform to influence positive change for the mental health and wellness of people all across Australia”.

Jewish House has been providing support to people living with mental health issues for more than 35 years, through a variety of unique prevention and intervention services ranging from a 24/7 crisis call line, clinical case management, pathway referrals to medical professionals and clinics, family mediation, and an early intervention children’s programs – JH Kids – which focuses on building healthy relationships between children and their communities.

For more information on Jewish House services, visit www.jewishhouse.org.au or call 02 9386 0770.

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