Month: January 2019

Etan Neiman, CPA, is Refuat Hanefesh's Director of Operations and was previously Editor-in-Chief. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business. While at Yeshiva, Etan was editor of the student newspaper's Business Section and President of Active Minds, a national organization committed to decreasing mental illness stigma on college campuses. He currently works in downtown Manhattan as a Senior Accounting Associate for Brand Sonnenschine. Etan has spoken and written extensively about how he moved past his mental health battles with anxiety and depression. He looks forward to joining others on a similar journey to break the harmful stigma-induced silence. Etan can be reached at
Etan Neiman

It surpasses ironic. The Connor Project: A fictitious movement based on a fictitious story conceived by the minds behind the fictitious Broadway play Dear Evan Hansen. For many, however, this project enabled the most real feelings they have experienced in a long time. Children, teens, and adults alike – who have felt overlooked for much Read More …

Taryn Simon is currently a student at Machon Maayan in Israel. Previously, she worked in her high school to crush stigmas and shame around mental health by sharing her stories about depression, suicidal ideation, and generalized anxiety disorder. Taryn strives to be someone that can support and be there to listen for others because that was what she felt she needed most during her hard times. She desires to create a space where others can be genuine and share their ideas, by running TED-talk events at her high school and hosting speech contests. Following her gap year, Taryn will study neuroscience, psychology, and behavior at McMaster University, with the goal of getting a Ph.D. in psychology.
Taryn Simon
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I stand there, pacing along the length of my bathroom. I can feel the cool tile on my bare feet, and the sweatpants that I have had since middle school drape along my legs. I stop walking and look in the mirror. My face is red and baby hairs that do not fit in my Read More …

Shanee Markovitz was born in Israel and grew up Southern Florida. She is currently in the honors program at Stern College for Women. Shanee is a big proponent of destigmatizing mental health and being open about it. Her own experiences, including her mother's suicide, have led her to get involved, speak out, and make a difference. She has written popular articles on numerous sites including the Forward and is in the process of writing a book about various mental health topics. She speaks in public forums about the effect mental illness has had on her life and the wisdom she has attained from her struggles, as well as the impact mental health has on individuals and communities. She is devoted to seeing the stigma of mental illness disappear during her lifetime. She would love for you to join with her on the quest to destigmatize mental illness and support those in need.
Shanee Markovitz

Consider the following:   A neighbor is sick with cancer.   She is a mother of three young kids and is in and out of the hospital. As her neighbor, you partake in efforts to babysit her kids, start a meal train, offer her support in any way, and be there for her family.   Read More …