#QuietingTheSilence: Personal Stories
The Blue Dove Foundation created #QuietingTheSilence as a platform to help individuals and organizations create programs and events focusing on mental health and substance use. Our goal is to offer members of the community a chance to come together to share their own experiences in this arena.
We have found that hearing personal stories of struggles and loss directly from those living through them makes a stronger impact and helps foster new perspectives, personal connections, ideas, and hope. The stories come from individuals with a Jewish background who have gone through a life-changing experience, either personally or through a loved one. We hope by sharing them, we can show others with similar stories they are not alone. And we can begin to eliminate the shame and stigma many feel when it comes to mental illness and addiction.
We know accomplishing that goal will take time. It isn’t easy to speak out publicly. At times people wish to remain anonymous. Ideally, everyone would be comfortable sharing his or her name, but not everybody is ready. That’s OK. Telling their stories at all is a start, and the more we talk more about these issues, the faster we’ll get there.
About the Book
For the longest time, the Jewish community avoided talking about issues related to mental health. Even today, a stigma remains that prevents individuals from opening up and seeking help. #QuietingTheSilence: Personal Stories offers a chance for people to share stories and perspectives related to their own life-changing experiences involving mental illness and addiction. Through these personal stories of struggles and loss, we hope to show individuals they are not alone and to work toward eliminating the shame and stigma many feel around these topics.
Consider letting us create an event with you for your community/network/congregation. and we can work to build something unique that would include individuals from the book sharing their personal stories.
We can work with you to create a #QuietingTheSilence event unique for your community/network/congregation. An event could include individuals from the book telling their stories and/or other activities. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider hosting a #QuietingTheSilence: Personal Stories book club. The powerful stories in the book are sure to lead to meaningful conversations.
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