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Online mental health conference – The Australian Jewish News

Sydney’s Shul will host a virtual conference on the issue of mental health this Sunday, open for all members of the community.

The initiative is being led by Rabbi Chaim Levy of Sydney’s Shul.

The program will include discussion around treatment and prevention of mental illness in the community, through the lens of Judaism. As well coping mechanisms, relevant treatments, and practical tools to improve your own mental health.

Senior mental health specialists, clinical psychologists, public figures and Jewish leaders from around the world will participating.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will also share a special message, as well as a representative of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“The need and demand for this is growing day by day, as we witness a rise in depression, anxiety and mental health issues starting from a young age. COVID and the prolonged lockdowns have also done their damage, escalating existing conditions and creating new mental health challenges for all ages,” Rabbi Levy said.

“We cannot ignore the plight of our young people, and the difficulties families experience due to mental health issues. Especially now post-COVID, it’s time to bring back the sense of community and belonging that we all have been missing for so long.”

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