Health and Wellness

How to Open Our Hearts and Congregations to Those with Mental Illness

Diana MaKieve
May 9, 2016

Many congregants suffering from mental illness choose not to seek support from fellow congregants or even clergy, and some leave congregations or don’t join in the first place because the feel they will never be accepted. There's an overwhelming need for safe, supportive groups where people with mental illness can reveal their stories, explore a spiritual connection to Judaism, and engage in social support with others dealing with similar situations.

Addressing Our Teens' Mental Health Needs

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.
April 18, 2016

Our Jewish tradition commands that we not stand by while our brothers and sisters suffer. That’s why the Reform Movement is joining with others across the world to provide information that offers both help and hope – especially during May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Establishing a Comprehensive System of Care for Persons with Mental Illnesses

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Background While the definitions and terms are varied, we here refer to both persons defined as having a diagnosable mental disorder and those with a serious mental illness, as well as those with co-occurring substance-abuse disorders, when using the term "persons with mental illnesses." Mental illness can shatter lives.