The Lishma non profit organization is the only national organization in Israel run by people with mental disorders for people with mental disorders.
Lishma initiates activities raising people self-esteem and enhancing recovery.
Lishma empowers people who cope with a mental disability to lead activities so they can meet, share experiences, learn better ways of coping towards recovery and become agents of change for their peers.
Recovery is the process of regaining a meaningful life and self respect after a mental crisis.
- Build a strong, empowered and dynamic community of people coping with mental disorders who can fight for their rights.
- Enable activists with mental disabilities to initiate activities for the good of their peers and thus create a strong peer-to-peer network,
- Influence institutions to improve services for the wellbeing of people with mental disabilities and integrate people with mental issues in the mental health care and rehabilitation system as part of generating an egalitarian discourse.
- Promote and integrate people coping with mental disorders and psychiatric labels into society.
Amongst its activities:
- Lishma operates the Stand-up show “sorry for the disturbance” created and performed by people with mental disorders from diverse communities (Ultraorthodox ,Israelis from Russian background, Israeli born, women and men…) on mental health to reduce stigma
- Lishma initiated and launched in partnership with the Social Security and the Ministry of Health a unique “peer program in mental health hospitals” where trained people with mental disorders become part of the staff as they help their peers and their families to cope with the many challenges they face when entering the hospital so they go through a meaningful stay leading to a better recovery.
- the “coming home” project supported by the JDC to enable people going out of the mental health’s hospitals to acclimate back to the community with the help of peers.
- Lishma raises awareness of people with mental disabilities regarding their rights and encourages them to use rehabilitation services in the community. – Lishma is a key member in the committee for reducing and eliminating the use of bed restraint as a treatment for people with mental disability in hospitals. One of the results of the committee is that the Ministry of Health requested from the mental health hospitals to limit the use of bed restraint to a minimum, as alternative treatments will be explored in the near future to ban bed restraint.
- Lishma represents this community invarious governmental forums and comitees - in the Knesset, the Health Ministry, the Commission for Equal Rights of People with Disability at the Ministry of Justice and more .
- The key project of Lishma is the “Activists Centers”, working as regional greenhouses for ideas and initiatives aiming to advance further the welfare of the community
for more information -
Tammy Matzlavi, CEO - 058-7887487, firstname.lastname@example.org
Efrat - activist center, jerusalem - 0545316787
Ohad - activist center, Tel-aviv- 0546909575