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Transforming the Way The Jewish Community Understands
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE



In the Jewish community, discussions about mental illness and substance abuse tend to be rare, if they happen at all. As a result, many individuals and their families suffer in private and lack the information necessary to address their issues. The Blue Dove Foundation is working toward advancing these conversations, eradicating shame and educating the community.


“WHOEVER SAVES A LIFE, SAVES THE WORLD”
(Mishnah Sanhadren 4:5)


EDUCATION, AWARENESS & OUTREACH


Raising awareness through outreach is the first step in educating people about health-related issues like mental illness and addiction. We offer a variety of resources for groups and individuals:


Mental Health Tool Kit

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, the Mental Health Toolkit and training helps you assist someone experiencing a mental illness or substance abuse-related crisis. The Toolkit is meant to be a first line of defense – not necessarily to resolve a problem, but rather to help identify an issue and refer the individual to an appropriate professional.

Zero Interest Loans

Not everyone who needs treatment can afford it. We are working toward overcoming financial barriers that limit access to treatment programs. Working with our partners, we offer interest-free loans to Jewish Community members who are able to demonstrate a legitimate need and ability to repay the loan. Priority will be given to applicants who are unable to obtain funds through normal lending sources. One of the highest forms of tzedakah is an interest free loan.

TOOLS & RESOURCES

Using Jewish spirituality and faith as a guide, the Blue Dove Foundation creates educational tools and resources that can be used by individuals. This includes a High Holiday Toolkit and resources for different Jewish holidays. Check out the resources tab to learn more.

Educational Speaker Series

Throughout the year, the Blue Dove Foundation co-hosts programs with community partners on a topic that is relevant and timely. These events are developed for the community and by community members and organizations. We always welcome feedback to help us best provide education, share resources and build relationships.

Upcoming Events


    May
    13
    Thu

    #QTS Book Night at the Jewish Book Council festival of Reading, PA

    May 13 @ 7:00 pm

    #QTS Book Night at the Jewish Book Council festival of Reading, PA

    May
    14
    Fri

    Mental Health Shabbat

    May 14 @ 7:00 pm

    For the final Shabbat of mental health awareness week, our theme is gratitude. As we look back on everything we have learned this month, we must sit back and feel gratitude for the countless organizations and members of our community who were out in full force bringing conversations about mental wellness and mental health to the forefront, both this month and all year long. We must also feel gratitude for the people and things in our lives that provide us with calm and safety throughout the year, that we may not otherwise take the time to recognize.

    May
    17
    Mon

    Shavuot

    May 17 – May 18 all-day

    May
    19
    Wed

    The Blue Dove Foundation Mental Wellness Workshops Part 2: Recognizing When Someone Needs Help

    May 19 @ 1:00 pm

    The Blue Dove Foundation Mental Wellness Workshops Part 2: Recognizing When Someone Needs Help. Hope is one of the greatest resources we have to change the culture of silence and stigma around mental health issues in the Jewish community. The Blue Dove Foundation wants to inspire people to be educated, courageous, and confident in offering hope and support to those who struggle with their mental well-being and addiction.

    May
    20
    Thu

    #QuietingtheSilence Book Event at the Tidewater Jewish community’s Jewish Book Festival

    May 20 @ 7:30 pm

    #QuietingtheSilence Book Event at the Tidewater Jewish community’s Jewish Book Festival

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