The demands of our lives can take a toll on our wellbeing. Many of us silently struggle with conditions such as depression or anxiety. We believe that a synagogue should be a place where people can have honest conversations about mental health. Explore the resources below to discover how you can be part of this change and find the support that you or your loved ones need.
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- Make a self-care plan, either alone or with friends and family.
- Talk to someone. Resources such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (1-800-622-4357) and Psychology Today can help you find a counselor. Want to connect with someone via phone or text? NYC Well is a free service offered for New York residents.
- Develop new rituals to help you stay connected to your loved ones. Marco Polo is an app that allows you to send video messages to others where it might not be convenient or appropriate to call.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. You can call 1-800-273-8255 for English or 1-888-628-9454 en Español or chat with a counselor online. If you or a loved one is in danger, please call 911.
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- Take a Mental Health First Aid Training through Thrive NYC. Check regularly for training dates in 2021.
- Learn about Jewish mental health resources through the Blue Dove Foundation.
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