Improving mental health knowledge of the Charedi Orthodox Jewish Community in North London: A partnership project
Topics: Main Topic: Other, Health Education, Haredi / Strictly Orthodox Jews, Mental Health, Policy, Care and Welfare, Psychotherapy / Psychoanalysis
Abstract: This article describes a successful community-based partnership project between statutory and third-sector services targeting the strictly Orthodox Jewish community (OJC). Methods: The City and Hackney Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Access Service (East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)) collaborated with Bikur Cholim, a local third-sector organisation based in the heart of a north London Charedi OJC, to develop a brief culturally tailored psychoeducational group intervention focusing on mental health promotion and prevention. In total, 34 carers in the Charedi OJC were provided with general information on mental health, the availability of support services and self-care. Results: Overall improvements in well-being, increased intentions to access services, particularly talking therapies, and qualitative feedback indicated that the group was very well received. Conclusion: The project endorses the value of culturally relevant psychoeducation, enabling suggestions for culturally appropriate service development.