LISHMA is a peer organization, established by people coping with mental conditions. Our aim is to build a community of similar individuals in order to protect their rights and speak for themselves. As people with life experiences with psychiatric disorders, we are convinced that we can help one another in times of crisis. Through our experience we belive that our own special unique knowledge can help ourselves and others. Therefore we help advanced recovery and rehabilitation work in our community espcialily by peer support programs.
The stigma which surrounds us is great, there is a negative reaction towards us in society, “mental illness” seems to be something distant, violent and threatening. In actuality it's not so. Most of us are people with a family and children who live, perhaps, close to you with you being able to guess that this is so (one out five people suffer from a serious mental disorder and most of them do not receive rehabilitative care). The Lishma organization takes as its aim to combat this stigma through direct encounters. We believe that estrangement and alienation we be lessened through personal relations. One of our projects is “shagririm” (ambassadors) in which our representatives reach out into communities, companies, schools and academic institutions so that they may have a personal encounter with those who are coping with mental disorders.
We believe that every person has the right to dream and progress, because even after a crisis people still have their original capabilities and talents. We conduct workshops in all parts of the country to advance this approach which enables participants to progress and decide for themselves what is the best path to become happier individuals.
Our strength, is in working together, which is why we try to build a sense of community among those who are coping with these illnesses. Our community is able to speak on our own behalf, to make sure we obtain our rights and strive to move them forward. We believe that together we will succeed in bringing about a social change in which people with various limitations can integrate in to all areas of life. We conduct workshops and directed groups by people with lived experience and in many cases are also professionals in order to build an active community.
· Advancing the status of those who are coping with limitations and psychiatric stigma and their integration into Israeli society.
· Development of a dynamic community of people with lived experience which is inclusive and will stand up for their rights.
· Integration of members of our community into the mental health system for their recovery and rehabilitation on the basis of creating a dialogue of equals.
Lishma is the sounding voice of people coping with mental disabilities.
We strive to defend and ensure the rights of those who cope in the different frameworks of recovery wherever they may be.
Lishma is supported by the Laszlo Tauber Foundation. Funding is also provided by the the JDC for our peer support program. We see great importace in promoting the topic of peer support and the rights of people with mental disabiity.
ease help us start more peer support programs in the community and within hospitals, in collaboration with the Health Ministry. For further information please contact Ayala :
If you wish to book recovery workshops, to initiate empowerment and recovery groups led by competent members of Lishma or you simply wish to join us we would be very glad if you contact us.