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So many people lack the basic information necessary to make informed decisions about their mental health care. In this short resource, we lay out some basic features of mental health care to help you through that difficult process.
Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an important and powerful day. It serves as a reminder of what we have lost and what we must never allow to happen again. But it should also serve as a reminder of those who are still affected by the traumas of the Holocaust like those suffering from intergenerational trauma...
Prayer is an essential aspect of religious experience. But while hundreds of thousands of people around the world practice daily prayer, they don’t always fully appreciate the ways prayer, at least Jewish prayer, can actually help to nurture our mental health and wellness with its proscribed routines and ways of thinking that can act as self-care.
Given the reality of climate change and its accompanying consequences on our collective mental health, we need to start thinking about how we can make sure our mental health is stable as we try to figure out how to save the world at large.
Much progress has been made in the push for equal rights and inclusion in the LGBTQIA+ community; however, a great deal of work remains to be done. Nearly 75 percent of LGBTQIA+ youth surveyed in a recent study reported having faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation, and 42 percent reported seriously considering suicide in the past year (The Trevor Project)...
Water is an essential part of our lives, and on the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, we celebrate and pray for that water in the form of rain. While originally a prayer for rain in association with the yearly harvest, climate change and its accompanying consequences on our collective mental health has given it a renewed significance.
“Dayenu” means “it would have been enough,” and in the song we express gratitude for everything God did for us as we escaped Egypt. Gratitude is not something that comes naturally to everyone, and it is good for our mental well-being to call attention to the things in our lives that we are grateful for regularly.
The religious and historical significance of retelling the story of Passover is apparent to anyone who participates, but little recognize the mental health benefits of reframing and shaping our narratives - especially narratives that are traumatic. This allows you to take ownership of your trauma, and doing so at the Seder should prompt us to consider how we can tell our own stories and take ownership over them.