There is no doubt that at present, there is a heightened level of anxiety and uncertainty among the NSW Jewish community. For many, that is accompanied by feelings of fear and grief.
“The current war in Israel and Gaza and the heightened level of activism and antisemitism across the world sees many in our community experiencing an overwhelming range of emotions,” NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president David Ossip said.
The issue is exacerbated by the shortage of mental health professionals available to counsel people.
“During this time of distress and uncertainty, it is crucial that we take care of our mental health, for the sake of ourselves, our loved ones and those in our care,” Wolper Jewish Hospital president Richard Glass said.
“For that reason, Wolper Jewish Hospital and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies are providing a special two-part Wellbeing webinar series specifically developed to support the community during this challenging and unsettling time.”
The first webinar is on Monday, November 20, and aims to provide support and guidance to adults, and will include details of available resources to assist them in navigating current societal challenges.
The webinar will comprise a moderated discussion. The expert panel will include Dr Danielle Einstein (pictured) – clinical psychologist and specialist in social media use and its effects; Des Kahn – psychotherapist specialising in grief and trauma; and Dr Karen Spielman – general practitioner specialising in mental health. Julie McCrossin will moderate the discussion.
The second webinar on December 4 is aimed at providing tools and resources to parents, grandparents and carers to help them support the children and adolescents in their life.
A number of scenarios will be addressed, including the resources and support available to year 12 students entering university life for the first time.
The format will include Q&A and people may attend one or both of these free webinars. Questions can be asked anonymously upon registration and during the sessions.