Clalit's new service – “Crisis Intervention”

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In connection with the International Mental Health Day, which took place in early October, the Clalit district of Jerusalem launched a new service “Crisis Intervention” (itarvut be-mashber): a hybrid targeted treatment for children and adolescents who are in crisis and need quick and short-term professional help.

The coronavirus epidemic has had a great impact on the mental state of children and adolescents. New data released by Clalit shows that between 2019 and 2021, the use of antidepressants and sedatives among minors increased by about 20%. Other evidence of the crisis is the increase in the number of visits to psychiatric services through the cashier and an increase of approximately 10% in the use of psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists in Clalit psychiatric clinics by patients under the age of 18.

In light of the current situation, Clalit considers it extremely important to have surgical intervention during a new crisis in children. “Crisis Intervention” — is a new service for short-term and targeted intervention that is also provided online to reduce unnecessary waiting and prevent a temporary crisis from becoming a long-term chronic problem.

Shlomit Tzafir, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Head of Clalit Mental Health Services in the Jerusalem District: “This is a dedicated service that should respond to acute crises in children and adolescents under the age of 18. Especially during periods of holidays, out of routine and disconnection from usual support systems, which can exacerbate the existing problem. A short and targeted intervention online, face-to-face, or a combination of both can prevent the development of serious and significant mental disorders and help the patient return to a normal life quickly.

This service is provided by professional medical teams that provide a quick online response to complaints from children and adolescents about a new crisis that has recently emerged. If there is a recent change in behavior or mood, such as depression, withdrawal, anxiety, and avoidance of social activities, you should check with your pediatrician about whether you can use the Crisis Intervention service.

Treatment will be carried out by psychologists, social workers and child psychiatrists for 3-10 sessions.
The purpose of the new service is to provide assistance in cases where a brief and targeted intervention will ensure an appropriate, rapid and effective response to children's problems. The service is not intended to be a therapeutic response when it comes to an ongoing crisis requiring long-term care available from clinics and other medical services.

Recently, Clalit also distributed to the general public short videos on YouTube in which Clalit experts provide information and advice on a variety of topics in the field: depression, suicidality, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, parenting problems, and more.

View them here: https://www

Pictured: Dr. Shlomit Tzafir, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Head of Clalit Mental Health Services in the Jerusalem district.
Photo courtesy of Clalit Jerusalem District, allowed to use.

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