“Whoever saves a single life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”
– The Talmud
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.
About the Toolkit
The Jewish Mental Wellness Toolkit is a response to continuous requests for help in the area of mental health. As a practical guide for everyday use, it offers guidance and support for transforming our culture along with practical and concrete information about mental health and wellness. Created through a Jewish lens, this Toolkit is full of resources, facts, and suggested readings. We hope it will empower all of us to turn hope into action.
If you’re interested in customizing the Toolkit for your Jewish Community or organization with local resources, reach out to us at email@example.com.
Additional Reading Links
The Toolkits have corresponding reading links organized for easy access by Toolkit.
About the Workshops
Workshops are available for virtual (2 hours) and in-person (2.5 hours).
Making Mental Wellness Part of Your Community’s Culture
Guiding Question: What can be done to create a welcoming and stigma-free culture to support mental wellness in the Jewish community?
During this workshop, participants will engage in a variety of activities that focus on bringing mental wellness front and center into their Jewish communities. They will use middot (Jewish values) and the mi sheberach prayer to connect Judaism to mental health as well as to critically consider how to bring new-found skills and knowledge back to their communities to begin creating welcoming and inclusive programs.
Recognizing When Someone Needs Help
Guiding Question: How do I know when something is wrong, and what should I do?
During this workshop, participants will engage in a variety of activities that strengthen their mental health knowledge, which will help them understand their role in supporting others. They will learn about basic mental health concepts, the scope of those affected by mental illness, and red flags for spotting issues. They will develop four core skills needed to respond to mental health concerns in meaningful ways and be given the opportunity to practice and build those skills.
If you’re interested in bringing these workshops to your community, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blue Dove Foundation expresses our utmost gratitude to the individuals and organizations that played a role in bringing this Jewish Mental Wellness Toolkit and the accompanying workshops to life. They truly exemplify the meaning of #QuietingTheSilence and the importance of working to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with mental illness and addiction.
Special thanks to the following community partners for providing insight, expertise, heart, and, above all, support.