Transforming the Way The Atlanta Jewish Community Responds to

MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE

INTRODUCING THE BLUE DOVE FOUNDATION

The topic of mental health and substance abuse is one that is often not discussed.  Many individuals and their families are suffering privately and lack the information necessary to address their issues.  The Blue Dove Foundation is working towards advancing these conversations, eradicating the shame, educating the Jewish community as well as help overcome the financial barriers of seeking treatment.

“WHOEVER SAVES A LIFE, SAVES THE WORLD”

Source: Teachings of the Talmud

EDUCATION, AWARENESS & OUTREACH

The topic of mental health and substance abuse is one that is often not discussed in the Jewish community.  Many individuals and their families are suffering privately and lack the information necessary to address their struggles.  The Blue Dove Foundation is working towards advancing these conversations, eradicating the stigma and shame, educating the Jewish community as well as helping overcome the financial barriers of seeking treatment.  Their journey starts with the following initiatives:

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 health or substance abuse related crisis to be a first line of defense – not necessarily to “resolve” a problem, but instead to be able to “identify” an issue and refer the individual to an appropriate professional. We are currently developing the tool kit and hope to have available for the Fall of 2018.

Zero Interest Loans

With our community partners, interest free loans are available 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. We are working towards overcoming financial barriers that limit access to treatment programs. One of the highest forms of tzedakah is an interest free loan.

Yearly Symposiums

The Blue Dove Foundation is aspiring to hold an annual Symposium for education, awareness and outreach and to hear the voices of those in the Jewish Community. Our hope is to exchange information, ideas, scientific data, and experiences and to problem solve together how to make a meaningful impact in addressing the mental health and substance abuse crises in our communities.

Educational Speaker Series

Once a quarter, The Blue Dove Foundation will co-host a Symposium with its community partners a topic that is relevant and timely. These events are developed “for the community and by the community.” Our aspiration is to continually solicit feedback from the community to learn what they are seeing as well as provide education, share resources and build relationships. Our first Symposium will take place in Atlanta in the Spring of 2019.

Our Upcoming Event

QUIETING THE SILENCE

TEENS & ADOLESCENTS

What?

The Blue Dove Foundation is hosting an event on Thursday, October 11th @ B’nai Torah in partnership with the Jewish Day Schools, Synagogues, Youth Groups, & JF&CS/HAMSA, among others.

Where?

Congregation B’nai Torah
700 Mt. Vernon Highway, NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328

When?

Thursday OCT 11th, 2018

7pm-9pm

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