About Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month (“Mental Health Month”) has been observed every May in the United States since 1949, raising awareness and educating millions of people each year about the dangers and experiences of living with mental illness. As of 2019, it was estimated that over 26% of American adults — about 1 in 5 — face the reality of living with a mental illness, and many of them often face that reality alone. That is why, every May, the Blue Dove Foundation and hundreds of other organizations join the national movement to inform people about mental health, shining a spotlight on the issue and, ultimately, #QuietingTheSilence. | Learn more about the national Mental Health Month initiative.
Jewish Mental Health Awareness Month Events
The Blue Dove Foundation is excited to curate a special set of resources and programs, both independently and in partnership with like-minded organizations. These programs have been created with different audiences in mind and aim to touch a diverse group of Jewish community members. We hope to see you at one or more of these special events. Learn about Jewish mental health communities, facilities and resources.
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Mental Health Awareness Month Programs
De-Stigmatizing Mental Health : Join Repair the World and The Blue Dove Foundation in conversation where we will hear from lived experiences of folks coping with mental health & social isolation and how volunteerism has played a role in their lives. Click Here to Download the Repair the World/Blue Dove Foundation Education Guide. | Sunday, May 2 | 7-8 PM | Register For Repair the World Here
Cultivating Gratitude: A Strong-Women Fellowship End-of-Year Celebration for Mental Health Awareness Month. Join Blue Dove Intern Lili Stadler, Strong Women Fellow and author of the Jewish Teen Gratitude Journal, and her mother, for an interactive workshop about Judaism, mental health and gratitude. | Sunday, May 2 | 5-6:30pm EST | Watch the Strong Women Fellowship End-of-Year Program Here
Embedding Mental and Emotional Wellness within School Culture: A Dialog on Standards-Based Methodologies to Benefit all Stakeholders with Prizmah. In this 1-hour workshop, we discuss options and associated risks, while sharing triumphs and challenges. Participants will share their perspectives on standards for safety, communication, counseling, training, accommodations, and advice for when a school cannot provide the environment to support a student or employee’s success. | Wednesday, May 5 | 11:00 AM | Register Now
Jewish Approaches to Mental Wellness: An Exploration of Jewish Values and Prayer for Jewish Day School/Yeshiva Educators and Administrators with Prizmah. In this 1-hour workshop, Jewish school counselors and administrators will learn about Jewish values, or middot, apply those middot to their approach to mental wellness and understand the importance of the mi sheberach prayer for mental health and addiction. | Thursday, May 6 | 11:00 AM | Register Now
49 Steps Initiative – Limmud North America’s Day of Learning. | Friday, May 7 | Subscribe to the Limmud 49 Steps
Mental Health Shabbat – To kick off May Mental Health Awareness Month, we are encouraging everyone to UNDERSTAND mental illness. The theme of the first Shabbat of Mental Health Awareness Month is Education. This Shabbat, take some time to learn about mental illness. | Friday, May 7 | Mentalhealthshabbat.org
The Blue Dove Foundation Mental Wellness Workshops Part 1: Making Mental Wellness a Part of Your Community 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. | Wednesday, May 12 | 1:00 PM | Register Now
#QTS Book Night at the Jewish Book Council festival of Reading, PA | Thursday, May 13 | 7:00 PM | Register Now for the #QTS Book Night
Mental Health Shabbat: For this Shabbat of mental health awareness week, our theme is rest. This week – try to get some real rest! Whether that is relaxing at home, reading a good book, or seeing friends. Rest is not about just turning your brain off, but actually doing things that reinvigorate and rejuvenate it. | Friday, May 14 | Mentalhealthshabbat.org
Shavuot – Check Out Our Shavuot Resources | Sunday, May 16 – Tuesday, May 18
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. | Wednesday, May 19 | 1:00 PM | Register Now
#QuietingtheSilence Book Event at the Tidewater Jewish community’s Jewish Book Festival | Thursday, May 20 | 7:30 PM | Register Now
Mental Health in Religious Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic |Friday, May 21 | 4-5 PM | Register Now
The theme of the third Shabbat of Mental Health Awareness Month is Inclusivity. When cultivating a community engaged with and sensitive to mental illness/wellness, you must be inclusive of those who are living with mental illness to ensure that you are truly creating a healthy environment for all. This Shabbat, look outside of your home for those who may not have a place to go, or a zoom to join, and invite them to your Shabbat table. | Friday, May 21 | 4-5 PM | Mentalhealthshabbat.org
For the final Shabbat of mental health awareness week, our final 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. | Friday, May 21 | 4-5 PM | Mentalhealthshabbat.org
The Blue Dove Foundation Mental Health Awareness Month Workbook
OUR WORKBOOK – A JEWISH APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH
Judaism isn’t just a religion of laws; rather, it is a religion of ideas and experiences, all aimed at cultivating a healthy and sound mind, body, and soul for all of its practitioners. Our goal is to explore them, reveal the deep messages hidden within, and shed some light on how one can utilize them to live a healthier and happier life with this four-week Jewish guide through Mental Health Awareness Month. Each week, we will focus on a Jewish approach to mental health and engage in activities to help make mental health a bigger part of your life.
Why Mental Health Awareness Month?
Resting is not sleeping, but letting the mind and heart be clear. – Cantor Susan Caro
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? -Hillel
To love yourself, is to identify yourself as part of the Shekhinah. – Baal Shem Tov