COVID-19 + Mental Health
As an organization that believes in community and bringing people together for tough conversations and to support one another, the current situation is a tough one for us to be in. We are committed to our community and will be available digitally to all while postponing many of our in-person programs that were planned in the next coming weeks.
Here are some great resources, programming and articles for managing mental illness during COVID-19.
These meetings are open to Jews across the country who want to meet and discuss.
- 12 STEP JACS MEETING / Every Monday at 7:30 PM EST / 12 Step open meeting / Join by dialing (515) 603-3118, passcode 793614
- OUR JEWISH RECOVERY MEETING / Every Tuesday at 2:00 PM EST / Open Meeting / Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 238-764-0936)
- 12 STEP JACS MEETING / Every Tuesday, at 7:00 PM EST / Join Zoom Meeting
- RECOVERY TORAH STUDY / Every Wednesday at 2:00pm EST / Join Zoom Meeting
- 12 STEP JACS MEETING / Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM EST / 12 Step meeting / Join by dialing (712) 432-0075, passcode 895743#
- OUR JEWISH RECOVERY MEETING / Every Friday at 2:00 PM EST / Open Meeting / Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 238-764-0936)
- Coping under Corona: A Review of Halakhic Approaches to Mental Health and Covid-19
- The Jewish Federation of North America – Jewish Together Curated Resources
- The Blue Dove Foundation – Gratitude – הכרת הטוב – Hakarat Hatov – In a Time of Social Distancing
- The Blue Dove Foundation – Mental Health Passover Seder Plate
- Jewish Journal – A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Coping with COVID-19
- hey alma – A Rabbi’s Cure for Coronavirus Anxiety
- Keeping Calm Through Coronavirus – Mental Health and Anxiety Support
- Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative – resources for Jewish teens and educators
- Jewish Teen Initiative – Boston – Supporting and Empowering Our Teens During Challenging Times: COVID-19 (a collection of articles)
- The Blue Dove Foundation – Mental Health Bingo
- CNBC – When it’s all too much, here’s how to quell coronavirus anxiety, according to experts
- CDC – COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders
- CDC – COVID-19 Manage. Anxiety & Stress
- Science Alert – Coronavirus Anxiety? Here’s How to Keep It From Spiralling Out of Control
- The Conversation – 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety
- The CUT – Addiction in Isolation Adjusting to video-chat 12-step meetings
- Virtual Events to “Attend” When You Are Self-Distancing
- Shatterproof – How to Find a Virtual Recovery Meeting
- New York Times – Mental Health in the Age of the Coronavirus
- CNN – Foods to boost your mood, now that you really need it
For Children & Teens
- Child Mind Institute – Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
- IndieFlix Covid-19: Tips & Tools Interview with Child Mind Institute – watch the video
- Active Minds – Coping and Staying Emotionally Well During COVID-19-related School Closures
Another excellent resource to know about during social distancing is CrisisTextLine.Org. You can text “HOME” to “741741” anytime (24/7) for support at your fingertips. Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem-solving.
Shared originally by Rabbi Schusterman at Chabad Intown in Atlanta, GA.
As we all take extra precautions to avoid contagion, it is also important to strengthen those areas of our ‘spiritual’ health that have a direct effect on our physical health.
Below are some suggestions for safe ways to exercise your soul. We will be ramping up efforts to offer Jewish learning opportunities and conversations through our online mediums.
With G-d’s help – we will all get through this and take lessons to heart to improve as individuals, as a community, and as a society.
The following are a number of suggestions of things that can be done to strengthen one’s ‘spiritual’ immunity:
1) Be sure that the Mezuzahs of your household are Kosher.
2) Be sure your Tefillin are Kosher.
3) Woman and girls, be sure to light Shabbat candles on Friday at sunset before Shabbat begins.
4) Give extra charity on a daily basis. Have a dedicated Tzedakah box in your home. Women have a custom of giving charity before candle lighting on Friday.
5) Recite chapters of Psalms daily: Suggested chapters 20, 22, 69, 150.
6) Acquire a letter in a Torah scroll. Click here.
7) Strengthen oneself and others in the faith that: “if one thinks good, it will be good.”