The psychological well being service for the Jewish neighborhood marked its seventh annual Consciousness Shabbat on the 20 and 21 January.
The initiative, arrange by Jami to boost consciousness of psychological well being, is supported by a whole lot of synagogues, colleges, youth teams, universities, organisations, people and households all through the neighborhood, who got here collectively to mark its Psychological Well being Consciousness Shabbat (MHAS).
The occasion supplies a chance for individuals of all ages to concentrate on their very own psychological well being and wellbeing of themselves and others.
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Laurie Rackind, chief govt of Jami, reflecting on the “large strides” taken by the neighborhood in recent times to boost the profile of psychological well being, mentioned: “There is no such thing as a doubt that by coming collectively to speak and find out about psychological well being, we acquire extra energy as people and as teams to assist all these round us. Feeling comfy to overtly speak in regards to the issues we’re having, in the identical approach we could discuss bodily sickness, brings us nearer to making a extra accepting and inclusive neighborhood the place nobody has to really feel alone of their struggles.”
Main as much as the weekend, Jami ran a sequence of occasions, together with a Zoom webinar in dialog with Rabbi Yoni Rosensweig on the intersection of psychological well being and Judaism, and a United Synagogue’s MHAS Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Daniel Epstein of Western Marble Arch synagogue.
Jami’s on-line night time faculty explored Jewish id and psychological well being and the charity hosted a neighborhood gathering at its newly-expanded and renovated Head Room café in Golders Inexperienced on Sunday 22 January.
Quite a few Jami workers delivered age-appropriate classes round psychological well being at Immanuel School, Hasmonean Excessive College for Ladies, and Hasmonean Excessive College for Boys, and gave talks at numerous synagogues.
On the Jewish Life Centre and at Hendon United synagogue, Rabbi Shalom Hammer gave a poignant account of what led to the tragic finish of his daughter’s life and highlighted the numerous points surrounding psychological well being challenges. And on the Saatchi Shul, a Milkshakes and Mindfulness session was organised, whereas members of South London Liberal Synagogue created mosaic coasters for psychological well being. Jewish Care’s Ronson Household Group Centre held a three-day psychological well being consciousness occasion, that includes consciousness workshops, sensible recommendation, yoga and mindfulness classes.