Sigal Vax served as a faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Ono Academic College and occassionally serves as a guest lecturer at the institution. She recently spoke at a conference on the effects of COVID 19 on mental illness and the mental health services that was covered by the Maariv newspaper.
The article notes that according to a report by the State Comptroller on the Rehabilitation of people with Mental Health conditions in the Community, there are about 150,000 people living in Israel with severe and prolonged mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, manic-depression and depression. In the last year, following the outbreak of the Corona virus epidemic, many more cases of mental illness have been diagnosed.
To address the effect of Corona on mental health, the Yahel Center for Quality Rehabilitation organized an online conference on the subject, “What is readiness for rehabilitation and how can family members help?”. The conference included two lectures on recovery, rehabilitation, and readiness for change, presented by Prof. Marianne Farkas from the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Sigal Vax.
The full article can be read at https://www.maariv.co.il/corona/corona-israel/Article-797923