Where stigma ends and support begins
We are a 501c3 recognized charity dedicated to decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illness through conversation and education, while providing a safe place for those affected to seek support and advice.
The status quo is unacceptable. 40% of people will have a diagnosable mental health disorder in their lifetime. 20% in any given year. Essentially everyone has family or a friend affected. According to the NIMH up to 50% of these people are untreated leading to higher morbidity and mortality. Too many people with mental illness are silent because they are afraid of their reputations in "the community". Too many mothers suffer because talking to someone might ruin their child's chances of making good friends, getting into the right schools, and finding a spouse. Kids and teens are starving and cutting themselves; feeling hopeless and with nowhere to turn due to lack of support and education.
How We Will Accomplish Our Mission
We will accomplish this by acknowledging that mental illness is real and common, and giving a voice to those who are afraid to speak. Through education and communication, we will begin to understand and eradicate the stigma that surrounds mental health/illness. Those affected will receive support through the Support Room, Live Chats, and Resource pages.
We will further our mission and reach into the community by initiating mental illness essay competitions and sending our curricula and speakers into schools, synagogues, and other venues.
In the Jewish community, those who suffer from mental illness face unique challenges and find it particularly difficult to confront the stigma and find confidants or professionals who understand their unique values and way of life. Whether you personally have a mental illness, have a relationship with someone who does, or want to be an educated and informed member of your greater community, we hope this website will be the source of guidance, inspiration, and support that is so desperately needed.