Month: May 2019

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.
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Editor’s Note: In addition to inflicting physical damage, the goal of the recurring missile attacks on Israel from the neighboring Gaza Strip is to inflict mental anguish. The following is a post from Taryn Simon (who recently authored a blog post opening up about her mental health) reflecting on her experiences coping with being in Read More …

Sheri is a mother of five, who is grateful that her daughter reached out for help.
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I Didn’t Know It started with small things. My daughter would take a nail clipper and pick at her skin. I didn’t know that was considered cutting. She was a sweet girl but from the time she was young, occasionally she seemed so negative. I didn’t know that was considered depression. We had her in Read More …

Shelli lives with her husband and three children in Teaneck, NJ. She has been in the field of Jewish education for many years and hopes that through this article she can help remove the stigma behind postpartum depression and make more resources available for support.
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Being postpartum is a confusing experience. You’re overwhelmed by mazal tov texts, calls, and visits, recovering from labor and delivery, and taking care of a newborn all at the same time. This was baby number three for me, but I had an inkling in the back of my mind that it was going to be Read More …