An Israeli woman who was a volunteer at the Knesset mental health committee, has written an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that she says highlights the need for mental health and other volunteer opportunities.
Shuli Ofer, who was part of the committee’s youth mental health group, said in her letter to Netanyahu that, in addition to providing mental health services, she volunteers with mental health clinics, works in social enterprises, and is a regular speaker at public meetings.
“In my capacity as a volunteer, I volunteer to give advice and to help you to make a good start in your political career.
But I also do not want to become a distraction from your mission,” Ofer wrote.”
You are the prime minister and the leader of the Israeli people, so it is your job to make the right decisions.
It is also your job, as an elected member of parliament, to make decisions that benefit you personally.
Your government must act on your behalf and you must do it in a way that will benefit your country.
Your role in this country is very important and it is very urgent.”
Ofer is not alone in the country in her sentiment, with many of the country’s mental health professionals expressing concern over the lack of mental health opportunities for Israelis in their professions.
“We have an increasing number of people who do not receive help in the mental health field because they do not qualify for the training,” said Shimon Ziv, an expert on mental health issues and director of the Mental Health Research Center at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
“The problem is that most Israelis don’t know how to get training and that’s a huge barrier to entry for mental illnesses,” Ziv added.
“We are all trained in the public mental health professions, but we don’t have the mental competency to be doctors.”
Ziv also pointed out that a growing number of Israelis are being denied care at community mental health facilities.
“These people do not get their needs met by the health services they need.
That’s why they get hospitalized,” Ziz said.
“That’s why there are no beds in psychiatric wards and that is why they can’t access treatment.”
Oftentimes, mental health experts say, Israel is left to rely on private and informal providers, who are less experienced in dealing with mental illnesses.
“It is a very precarious situation.
If you do not have the training, the care, and the facilities, you cannot really provide a good quality of care,” said Dr. Shai Litan, a psychiatrist and an expert in the field of mental illness at the Hebrew University.
“When you have a shortage of resources, the only thing you can do is cut corners and take advantage of other people’s shortcomings.”
According to the Israeli government, the country has about 5,000 mental health staff, but some say that number is understated and that it could be much higher.
“There is no data available for the number of mental hospitals, but the official figures say that there are more than 3,500 in the Israeli territory,” said Eran Katz, a researcher and the director of public affairs at the Mental Healthcare Research Center.
“If you take the number up to 2,000, that’s 3,000 in the whole of Israel.”
In her letter, Ofer highlighted the importance of making mental health available to everyone, including those who cannot get it through the public health system.
“A mental health worker should be able to offer assistance to all members of society, whether they are young, old, disabled, or just need a help,” Ofeleh wrote.
“The work you do, the mental illness you experience, is your contribution to the health of all of us.”
She also expressed her concern about the lack for mental healthcare professionals to speak publicly about mental health in a country where there are many Israelis who feel that it is a taboo topic to speak out.
“I am a very public person.
I am a public person and I want to show the country that mental health is a serious issue,” Omer said.”
But I don’t want to be a distraction.
I don, like other people, feel like a burden.”
The Israeli government is taking a more proactive approach in its fight against mental health problems in Israel, with the establishment of several mental health centers and the establishment in 2012 of a public mental healthcare system that has expanded since then.
According to a 2014 study by the Institute for Mental Health and Social Work, Israel had about 1,000 mentally ill citizens in 2010, with about 60 percent of them having a mental illness, while the number had jumped to over 200 in 2014.
The government has set aside more than $1 billion to improve the mental healthcare systems in Israel.
The Ministry of Health says it will spend more than 10 billion shekels ($16 million) to help improve mental health care in the coming years.
The new system has not been able to provide all the needed care, however, and some of the services