Psychiatric Care in the Middle East: A "Mental Health Supermarket" in the Town of Lod

Ginette Shaked, Noa Renert, Israela Mahuda, Rael D. Strous*

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It is often in times of political tension and hostilities that community mental health care is neglected. We describe a novel and creative community mental health program where a combination of professional mental health workers and an innovative mental health system network combine to provide a remarkably successful and tension free mental health care arrangement in on area of high political and intergroup hostility. The system, termed the "mental health supermarket," encomposses multi-component rehabilitation, hospital liaison and interagency collaborative care. The framework succeeds in settling fears and insecurities between various communities as well as catering to a fragmented and lower income community, while introducing an element of self-determination in personal mental health care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-211
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2004


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