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MAY 2

10:00 - 11:00 AM EST

Tikvah Mental Health Awareness Event: The Demons Inside

Organization: The Memphis Jewish Community Center and Wendy and Avron B. Fogelman Jewish Family Service at the MJCC

Audience: All Ages

 

Free! Join Geoff Calkins for an intimate virtual conversation with Memphis Grizzlies broadcaster Rob Fischer as he shares his struggle with suicidal depression.

 

Virtual Run:

Sunday, May 2 - All day

$18 per person

Go at your own pace and enjoy the day! Special swag bag and t-shirt included for registered adults. Kids run free. #findinghope #breakthestigma Sharing our Struggles

Family Preparing Dinner

MAY 3

7:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Nourish Your Soul: Supporting Parents So That They Can Support Their Teens

Organization: BBYO

Audience: Parents

 

This is the first in a two-part series hosted by BBYO’s Wellness and Inclusion Advisory Council on how parents can best care for themselves and their teens as they prepare to reenter a post-COVID world. This session will be focused on self-care and nourishment of parent minds and bodies during this transitional period. It will be led by Director of the BBYO Center for Adolescent Wellness, Drew Fidler, and Rabbi Dana Saroken of Congregation Beth El and the Soul Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Drew and Dana will be examining the concept of “re-entry” from the perspectives of both mental health and spirituality.

MAY 6

1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

Values, Burnout and Boundaries with BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy

Organization: Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative

Facilitator: Rabbi Dena Shaffer

Audience: For Youth professionals AND their supervisors​​

 

As youth professionals, we are often drawn to this work because we are passionate about our organization's mission and have a strong desire to support and to serve young people. With this good intention at heart, we sometimes find ourselves in situations where it becomes difficult to say “no,” and hold boundaries. This can lead to burnout, dissatisfaction, and decreased motivation and drive. This session will help you explore how the values that drive us can contribute to our burnout and will help youpersonally answer the question: How do we balance our passion for our work with our need to protect and sustain ourselves as individuals? Placing our values along a continuum, we will investigate how and where our values are serving us and/or hurting us. We will practice recognizing our burnout trends and explore how to effectively hold boundaries.  

 

Session Learning Objectives:

● Know: Professionals will identify the values that drive us in our work and explore how those values fuel or fight our tendency to feel burnt out.

● Do: Professionals will build strategies to implement realistic and effective boundaries to help fight personal burnout

● Feel: Professionals will feel empowered in understanding our burnout trends and optimistic about our ability to use that understanding to better care for ourselves

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MAY 7

12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

A Live Interview with Gary Gulman of the HBO Comedy Special

Organization: The Wellness Institute and JF&CS of Atlanta

Audience: All are Welcome

 

The free event will be headlined by Gary Gulman of the HBO Comedy special, The Great Depresh and he will be interviewed by Jill Harkavy-Friedman (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention) about his journey with anxiety and depression and how he overcame using his talent for comedy.

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MAY 13

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Navigating Life: Helping Teens Build Resilience, Challenge Assumptions & Develop Healthy Relationships

Organization: Moving Traditions

Audience: Adults 18+ (parents / youth pros)

 

Join Moving Traditions as we explore ways in which we can help teens become more resilient by thinking critically about the cultural messages they receive and by developing strong, healthy friendships.This session will be co-facilitated by Pamela Barkley, Rabbi Daniel Brenner and Stacy Shapiro.

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MAY 19

1:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Jewish Mental Wellness Workshop Part 2: Recognizing When Someone Needs Help

Organization: The Blue Dove Foundation

Audience: Adults 18+

 

This is a two part series taking place on

May 12th and 19th.

 

Participants will engage in a variety of activities that strengthen their mental health knowledge, helping them understand their role in supporting others. They will learn about basic mental health concepts, the scope of those affected by mental illness, and red flags for spotting issues. They will develop four core skills needed to respond to mental health concerns in meaningful ways: active listening, maintaining confidentiality, establishing boundaries, and offering resources.

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MAY 20

TIME TBC

How to Stop Losing Your SH*T With Your Kids

Organization: 

Audience: 

With Carla Naumberg - more details coming soon

MAY 26

1:00 - 2:15 PM EST

Post-Traumatic Growth

Organization: Dr. Betsy Stone, Psychologist

Audience: People Who Work With Teens

This year of disruption and distress is giving way to increased freedoms and complicated decisions. How can Youth Professionals support our kids as they adapt to reopening and the next normal? How do we manage our own feelings as we reenter spaces that were considered dangerous? What learning do we want to hold on to? Join Dr. Betsy Stone to consider how people can grow from trauma. What's next?

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ONGOING

La-Bri’ut: Jewish Learning for Resilience Building

Adapted for Camp

Organization: Foundation for Jewish Camp

Audience: Camp Professionals and Staff

 

This collection of materials is for camp counselors to have a set of camp activities for Jewish values-based resilience building. La-bri’ut is built on five caregiving principles that support healing and resiliency for communities that experience trauma (including the COVID-19 pandemic). These five principles each align with a Jewish value: Sukkat Shalom - shelter of peace (sense of safety), Ometz Lev - inner strength (calmness), G’vurah - strength (self- and communal-efficacy), K’hillah - community (social connection), Hesed - loving kindness (hope through reaching out to assist others). These programs help campers gain an understanding of the values and principles for themselves and their communities through stories, games, and exploration, all while strengthening their wellness and resilience. Communities can proactively strengthen their mental wellbeing while engaging in fun and meaningful “campy” activities. (This curriculum was original produced by Jewish Education Center of Cleveland through The Covenant Foundation and adapted through Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yedid Nefesh initiative generously supported by The Marcus Foundation.)

Study Group

MAY 2

7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

A Conversation with Repair the World and The Blue Dove Foundation

Organization: Repair the World and The Blue Dove Foundation

Audience: All are welcome.

 

A discussion about de-stigmatizing mental health, coping with social isolation, and volunteerism and mental health. We will be hearing from Lillian Glushka, a former Serve the Moment Atlanta participant in conversation with our very own Molly Cram, as well as from two members of the Blue Dove Foundation staff on their personal and professional experiences.

Family Preparing Dinner

MAY 4, 11, 18 and 25

7:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Pause. Breath. Be Present

Organization: Combined Jewish Philanthropies - Boston Teen Initiative

Audience: Teens (Grades 8-12)

 

Explore mental health through a different lens in this weekly wellness and mindfulness practice for teens.  Wellness guide and Jewish Experiential educator Kimmy Duenas will facilitate.

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MAY 6

7:30 - 9:00 PM EST

Mental Health Symposium

Organization: TBDJ

Audience: Adults 18+

 

Resilience: Getting Back to Normal when Life Isn't Normal featuring Dr. Rona Novick and a panel of other local speakers

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MAY 10

6:00 - 7:00 PM EST

Listening Session:

All Health is Equal

Organization: JCC of Greater Pittsburgh 

Audience: Teens

 

During this Listening Session teens will be able to discuss mental health as part of a larger community conversation that is happening to create a teen mental health policy platform. Come be a part of the conversation to influence the development of a PA teen lead policy platform around mental health.   The topic of discussion will be All Health is Equal. This event will be run by JCC Teen Wellness Committee and we are acting as a hub for registration for ongoing listening session around the state. 

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MAY 18, 20 & 25

5:00 - 6:00 PM EST

Between Me, You, and Us

Organization: Moving Traditions

Audience: High School Age Teens

 

Between Me, You, and Us is a workshop series designed by teens, for teens, to promote understanding of and discussion around important topics relevant to exploring personal identity, communicating desires and boundaries, and building healthy relationships. The series consists of three sessions. In the first session, teens are able to gain a broader understanding of their identities by exploring their own sexuality and gender identity through various other activities. It is important to us that the teens are able to better understand their own identities in order to then explore themselves with other people. In the second session, teens are invited to begin talking about their own desires with each other and recognize their personal boundaries. In the third and final session, teens will evaluate their own attitudes and understandings of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Having a safe space for teenagers to explore these personal and meaningful topics is incredibly important as such spaces are not always readily available within the standard high school experience, and this is especially true now in a time when so many teens are navigating physical and social isolation at the same time as they try to figure out who they are are. While these three sessions are connected and we invite teens to participate in all three, participants can also pop in to any session independently. The three sessions will be held on May 18th, May 20th and May 25th each from 5-6pm.

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MAY 19

7:30 - 8:30 PM EST

How to Stop Losing Your Cool with Your Teens: Practical Strategies for Calmer, Happy Parenting

Organization: CJP

Audience: Parents

In this casual and engaging talk, Carla Naumburg, PhD will outline why we parents are losing their temper with their children and how they can stay calmer, more present, and more engaged – even in in the most challenging times. Participants will learn simple, effective strategies for preventing parental meltdowns, as well as practices for reconnecting with their children after difficult moments. Because this talk is about parents’ perspective and self-care, it will be relevant to parents and caregivers of children of all ages.

MAY 20

Live Event

What Does It Take to Be Happy?

Hosted by the Atlantic

 

America’s founding document states that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right. But this question has preoccupied philosophers, fascinated scientists, inspired artists, launched a self-help industry—and continues to elude many of us.

The Atlantic will host a live event that explores the human hold on happiness—and aims to find ways to build a more meaningful life. The event will consider happiness and relationships; the role of spirituality; how social media and other technology are affecting our happiness; and the ways in which a year of social isolation has reframed our understanding of a lasting sense of joy.

JUNE 8

11:00 - 12:00 PM EST

Cognitive Zoom & Chat

Organization: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Audience: Adults, Children and Seniors

 

In partnership with the Alzheimer's Assocation, this event will provide information and research in the areas of diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement as tools to help incorporate into your lives in planning for healthy aging. We will also touch on the differences between expected cognitive decline and symptoms/signs of Alzheimer's Disease.

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ONGOING

Programs and Resources

Organization: Foundation for Jewish Camp

Audience: All are Welcome

 

Find activities, programs, training workshops, and other resources by searching terms like “mental health,” “thriving,” “care,” etc.

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MAY 2

7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Combatting Mental Health Stigma with Vulnerability

Organization: Repair the World

Audience: Ages 18-29

 

Join Repair the World in conversation with The Blue Dove Foundation to hear about

de-stigmatizing mental health, coping with social isolation during COVID-19, and personal experiences with mental health and volunteerism from members of the community.

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MAY 5

8:00 - 9:15 PM EST

iGen: Understanding the Smartphone Generation with Dr. Jean Twenge

Organization: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Audience: Parents and Educators of Teens and Tweens

 

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Detroit community partners present Dr. Jean Twenge for a discussion of trends amongst today's young people and the mental health impact of social media. Today’s kids, teens, and young adults are iGen (born after 1995), the first generation to spend their adolescence with smartphones. iGen’ers are growing up more slowly as adolescents, spending more time online, and spending less time hanging out with their friends in person. They are also spending less time sleeping. Perhaps as a result, they are more likely to experience unhappiness, anxiety, and depression. You’ll walk away from this session with ideas for how to help your family find a better balance with technology and be healthier and happier.

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MAY 7

10:00 AM EST

Teen Mental Health Workshop

Organization: TBDJ

Audience: Teens

 

Check-Up from the Neck up: Thinking about what we've been through and moving forward with Dr. Rona Novick

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MAY 12

1:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Jewish Mental Wellness Workshop Part 1:

Making Mental Wellness Part of Your Community’s Culture

Organization: The Blue Dove Foundation

Audience: Adults 18+

 

This is a two part series taking place on May 12th and 19th.

 

Participants will engage in a variety of activities that focus on bringing mental wellness to the front and center in their Jewish communities. They will use middot, Jewish values, and the mi sheberach prayer to connect Judaism to mental health. At the same time, they will consider how to bring what they learn back to their communities to begin creating welcoming and inclusive programs.

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MAY 12

1:30 - 2:30 PM EST

Face to Face: Preparing to See Our Teens in Person Again

Organization: Jewish LearningWorks and SF Bay Area Teen Initiative

Facilitator: Dr, Betsy Stone

Audience: Youth Professionals

 

What a year it's been. Even as we experienced loss and change, we discovered new values, new activities. As attention turns to reconnecting in person we will face new challenges -- deciding how and when to eat in a restaurant, hug our friends, or return to camp. How do we help our teens re- enter their lives with intention and purpose? How are they changed? What are new expectations we must respond to in our program offerings and format?

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MAY 19

8:00 - 9:00 PM EST

Managing Re-Entry Stress and Anxiety for Your Teen

Organization: BBYO

Audience: Parents

In the second of our two-part series hosted by BBYO’s Wellness and Inclusion and Parent Advisory Councils, parents are invited to join BBYO wellness professionals and Nicole Glick, PsyD, for an interactive program on raising resilient teens. The program will examine the unique needs and stresses faced by today’s adolescents, as well as the challenges of re-integration in a post-COVID world, and will explore strategies for raising resilient teens. Nicole Glick is a licensed psychologist with expertise in child development and family systems and helps provide parents with the tools and support they need to raise healthy children.

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MAY 23

5:00 PM EST

Open Q & A

Facilitator: Dr. Betsy Stone, Psychologist

Audience: Parents

Watching our children adapt to this past year has been sad and stressful. While some kids have managed the COVID, racial injustice and political crises of 2020-2021, all of us have been deeply impacted. Reopening will bring a new set of decisions and considerations, and reemergence may be complicated for us. Who can I hug? What parts of the story of this past year do I share? How do I grieve? Join Dr. Betsy Stone to explore how we can support our kids in this phase of adjustment to the next normal.

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ONGOING

2021 Collection: May Mental Health Awareness Month -

The Jewish Educator Portal

Organization: The Jewish Education Project

Audience: Jewish Professionals & Educators

 

The goal of May Mental Health Month is to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and recognize the role we provide in developing coping skills as we build resiliency in ourselves and others. The collection is intended to introduce resources for key areas of work as we seek to provide and receive support towards thriving.

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ON-DEMAND COURSE

The Science of Wellbeing - Yale's Online Course and Discussion Groups

Yale University Online Course

 

Join more than 2 million people taking Yale's most popular class online.  Engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits.  Professor Laurie Santos will reveal misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change with new habits and belief systems. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

EDUCATION & AWARENESS:
LEARN AND SHARE PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH