General Jewish Mental Wellness Toolkit Reading Links

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Thank you for your interest in learning more. This page is an easy way to access all the additional readings and links in the General Jewish Mental Wellness Toolkit. Each section corresponds to the section in the Toolkit with the page numbers.

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Section Page Number Title

Section A

Our Mental Health Definitions


Graduate College of Social Work







Section C

Jewish Prayers, Rituals, and Resources

46 A Prayer of Healing for Mental Health 
47 A Mi Sheberach for Chronic Illness
49 Litany for Healing
49 Blessing of the Mourners
51 Mayyim Hayyim
51 Mental Health Shabbat

Jewish Mental Health Resources


Additional Jewish mental health resources online at thebluedovefoundation.org/jewishresources






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Section Page Number Learn More Reading Links Jewish Connection Links
Anxiety 83

Beyond Blue

The Body is Not an Apology 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Mayo Clinic

Mental Health First Aid

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


Right as Rain


How Judaism Saved Me From Anxiety

Rabbi Akiva the Psychologist: Using Traditional Jewish Teachings to Conquer Anxiety

The story of the Blue Dove Foundation’s executive director and why she does this work

Depression 90

Beyond Blue

Help Guide

Mayo Clinic

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)



Dimensions: A Young Man’s Story of Torment: Surviving Depression

Personality Disorders 91

American Addiction Centers

Mayo Clinic


Time to Change

The Recovery Village

Reach Out Our Hands Torah Reflections for Shabbat Shuva

Substance Abuse and Other Addictive Disorders 111


American Academy of Family Physicians

Anaheim Lighthouse

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation


Maryland Addiction Recovery Center

Mayo Clinic

Medical News Today

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

National Institute on Drug Use


Sandstone Care


Vertava Health

Verywell Mind

Windward Way



S​pirituality, ​Prayer, the ​T​welve ​S​teps, and ​J​udaism

My boyfriend died of a heroin overdose – what I know now about addiction

A young Jewish woman’s struggle with anorexia

One rabbi’s struggle with gambling

Loving and Losing an Addict

Treating Addiction With Jewish Values

How to Help Addicted Jewish Youth

Leaving Shame Behind: Sharing My Story as a Recovering Alcoholic

Jewish Prayers & Practices for Your 12-Step Journey


Trauma 121

Beyond Blue

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Los Angeles


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Phoenix Australia Center for Post-traumatic Mental Health

Healing Amidst Trauma: Caring for the Soul Through a Jewish Lens

JF&CS Toronto: Stories from Jewish families that have experienced trauma

Low Self-Esteem 126

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Los Angeles


Mayo Clinic



The University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center

A personal story about the loss of self-esteem

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Section Page Number Title (click the title to open the link)

Tools and Resources from The Partnership Center

132 Compassion in Action: A Guide for Faith Communities
Suggested Readings 141

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Resource Description

Mental Health

Page 68

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide
peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers, and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well trained and able to provide guidance. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s national helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.


Page 69

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline


Round-the-clock hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.

National Center on
Elder Abuse

1-855-500-ELDR (3537)

The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public.

National Domestic
Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Online chat available thehotline.org

Round-the-clock hotline that helps victims and survivors of domestic violence.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Text: 233733   humantraffickinghotline.org

Round-the-clock hotline that connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and support to get help and stay safe.

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline by Love is Respect

1-866-331-9474 (Text or Talk)   loveisrespect.org

Round-the-clock helpline staffed by an advocate trained to offer education, support, and advocacy to teens involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, siblings, parents, teachers, law enforcement members, and service providers.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

RAINN’s round-the-clock hotline serves people affected by sexual violence. It automatically routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse


Page 70

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)


An international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics


Information hotline answered from
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, M-F to learn about Al-Anon family group meetings in your area.

Alcohol and Drug Helpline


Round-the-clock national hotline that provides resources about local alcohol and drug abuse treatment options. Calls are free and confidential.

National Drug Helpline


Round-the-clock hotline to help those struggling with addiction. Provides information regarding treatment and recovery.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s national helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

1-800-931-2237   nationaleatingdisorders.org

Supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care.

The NEDA Helpline (800-931-2237) is available Monday-Thursday from
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday from
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.