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The EBM Humanitarian Award: To support the Herman Dana Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hadassah Hospitals

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 By Robin Jackson

The Elinor Bloom Marshall (EBM) Humanitarian Award will honor Claudia Biegler this year.

The celebration event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27. Funds raised from the event will go to the Herman Dana Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hadassah Hospitals.

The Herman Dana Division delivers resilience and hope. The purpose of the division is to keep Israel’s children mentally and emotionally healthy. It also is the home to the Jerusalem Crisis Intervention Center (JCIC), set up in 2008 to provide emergency services for mental health.

Prior to October 7, the center handled 6,000 visits per year and now is expecting that number to increase rapidly.

Claudia has always been an advocate for children and their well-being. Starting as an elementary school teacher and becoming a mentor she feels it is important for her honor to support the well-being of children in Israel.

The Herman Dana Division provides the most comprehensive psychiatric services of any hospital in Israel, specializing in crisis intervention and trauma. Their research fields include post-traumatic stress disorder, adolescent suicide, and postpartum depression. It is the only Jerusalem facility for infant psychiatry.

The clinically based research unit investigates topics such as the genetic components in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the psychological effect of terror trauma on minors; among many other issues.

The Division has earned an international reputation for outstanding healing, teaching and research in the critical field of child and adolescent mental health.

The Division’s specialized professional staff provides integrative approaches with a variety of therapies while assessing the child’s physiological, emotional and cognitive states, as well as the family dynamic and cultural background.

The Outpatient Clinic includes the Infant Psychiatry Unit for children from birth to age 6; General Outpatient Clinic for patients ages 6 through 18; a Day Treatment Unit for adolescents; and a Post-Traumatic Stress Center.

Prior to October 7, Claudia had planned to have donations go to this program. However, the terror of that day on the entire country has made these services that much more important for the youngest of Israel’s citizens.

Since October 7th, admittances to Hadassah Hospital’s emergency room for anxiety and trauma have skyrocketed.

“Together we are about delivering hope to Hadassah’s youngest and most vulnerable patients and their parents. The commitment of our EBM supporters is essential to keep Israel’s children thriving in times of crisis and every day,” says Ann Eisenberg, Co-Chair for the event.

Funding to support the Herman Dana Division is critical to provide services and treatment, teaching and training and critical research in child and adolescent mental health.

Your support will help make these vulnerable children receive everything they need to flourish.

For more information about the Elinor Bloom Marshall Humanitarian Award or to be a donor for this worthwhile cause, email 2024ebmha@gmail.com