Social Justice Committee - Events

Good mental health is always desirable - something for which we should always strive. However, mental illness is much more prevalent in our community than we are willing to admit. Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day occur this year between the 7th and 13th of October and the 10th October respectively. This is the time that organisations take the opportunity to activate, educate and engage Victorians to the plight of those individuals suffering from mental illness.

On Wednesday October 10th, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, organised by the World Federation of Mental Health, Wings of Care and the JCCV Social Committee have invited a speaker, Professor Maurice Einsenbruch, to talk on "Mental Health in a Changing World: The impact of culture and diversity." This is the theme of World Mental Health Day. Our title is as follows:
"Is being Jewish good or bad for mental health?"
This function will be held at the NCJW rooms at 133 Hawthorn Rd Caulfield at 7.45pm.

Professor Eisenbruch is an eminent Psychiatrist specializing in Transcultural Psychiatry. He has a wealth of experience both in Australia and overseas and is currently residing in Melbourne. He has held consultancies with WHO, European Union, Unesco and UNFPA. Eisenbruch has served on international committees such as the World Psychiatric Association, World Federation for Mental Health and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. In the 1980s Eisenbruch worked in research at the University of Cambridge and at Harvard Medical School He is a tireless worker for those afflicted with mental illness whatever their cultural background.

Thanks to the Victorian Multicultural Commission for their sponsorship and Jewish Australia for their support.