The wife of the country's president, Michal Herzog, came to visit the Beit Ham mental health association in Bnei Brak.
During the visit, she met Rabbi Aryeh Monk, CEO of the Beit Ham association, and the heads of the various departments, including clinical social workers and psychologists who presented the therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments provided to thousands of mentally challenged men and women from the ultra-Orthodox, religious and general sectors, the comprehensive treatments for victims of sexual trauma, children and adults , and the system that integrates people with special needs in the employment market.
A., 38 years old, did not leave a single dry eye when she told about the manic depression disease she has been dealing with for years, and about the rehabilitation process she went through and is going through thanks to Beit Ham. D., 55 years old, resident of the south , dealing with special needs, was expelled from many places of employment during his life, when he arrived at a warm home he was able to receive a supportive and stable envelope and close accompaniment, and today he is integrated into employment and feels equal and appreciated.
Breaking the taboo in ultra-Orthodox society, President Michal Herzog's wife with Rabbi Aryeh Monk (photo: official website, photo: Yaakov Cohen)
Rabbi Aryeh Monk, CEO of the Beit Ham association, presented to the wife of the president the activity on sensitive issues that for years were taboo in the ultra-Orthodox and religious sectors, and his long-standing battle to redefine the issue of mental health treatment and reduce stigma. He said: "The visit of the wife of the president of the country , Mrs. Michal Herzog, in our Beit Ham, is an important and valuable statement.
Michal Herzog moved us when she chose to put a spotlight on the most transparent people in the country, and to bring to the fore the issue of mental health that is important to her and close to her heart"
Michal Herzog, wife of the president of the country: "I hear the cry of the mentally challenged people I meet, they talk to me about the need for sensitive treatment culture, and because there is no suitable response to the breach of faith they are experiencing, Beit Ham's response is important and necessary.
The sensitive initiatives led by the Beit Ham association led by Rabbi Aryeh Monk bring about a welcome change in the treatment of the mentally challenged and add diverse and much more appropriate torturers to their treatment.