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One third of suicides in Israel are committed by new immigrants

In the period from 2000 to 2013 4.809 Israelis have committed suicide, a third of them were new immigrants. These data were published by the Centre for research and information of the Knesset at the meeting of the parliamentary Committee on Aliya and absorption. The press service of the Knesset informs that the meeting was devoted to the reform of counseling services, which entered into force on 1 July, and the strike of psychologists and social workers in community clinics and centers for psychological help.

According to the report, 25% of suicides were committed by immigrants from the former Soviet Union who came to Israel after 1990. From 3% to 8% are immigrants from Ethiopia. In 2013 alone, committed suicide 117 immigrants, of which 100 were immigrants from the former USSR countries.

The Chairman of the Commission Abraham the Nagos, who was born in Ethiopia, noted that many immigrants are experiencing after moving heavy spiritual crisis, but are afraid to seek help because of fears that they will cling to the label «mentally ill». While immigrants no money to go to private doctors. In addition, he noted that the HMOs do not have translators, and therefore the returnees is extremely difficult to obtain the necessary assistance in the framework of the reform.

Abraham of Nagos said that the Ministry of health is obliged to announce a set of specialists in addition to the Hebrew language. And this, according to him, must be done immediately.

Zach Ben-Yehuda, a specialist of the research Center of the Knesset, noted that in the framework of the reform, the responsibility for psychiatric care was transferred from state to health insurance funds, but has not changed the criteria and rules for its provision. According to the Center, in 2010 immigrants accounted 8,81% of all persons admitted hospitalization, in 2014 they amounted to 5,12%, which speaks about the problems of the aid system.

One third of suicides in Israel are committed by new immigrants 10.12.2015

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