Rabbi Sugarman’s Mental Health Videos

Some people find that religion and individual spirituality have a positive impact on their physical and mental health. Rabbi Alvin Sugarman shares his personal thoughts about mental health’s connection to Judaism and his work in the Rabbinate.

The six video topics include:

  1. Shabbat
  2. Mental Health in the Jewish Community
  3. Legacy
  4. Judaism and Mental Health
  5. Mental Health in the Rabbinate
  6. Healing and Kindness



Mental Health Faith Facts from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

  • Research suggests that religiosity reduces suicide rates, alcoholism and drug use.
  • Studies prove that religious rituals can help people cope with difficult life situations.
  • Religion teaches compassion, forgiveness and gratitude.
  • Religious ritual helps people to cope with difficult life situations.
  • Spirituality incorporates healthy practices for the mind and body, which positively influences mental health and emotional wellbeing.
  • Both religion and spirituality can help a person tolerate stress by generating peace, purpose and forgiveness.
  • Spirituality is a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves.
  • Mindfulness prompts expression in any form such as art, poetry, myth or religious practice.

Visit NAMI’s website for some additional thoughts on faith and spirituality’s connection to mental health.

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