Editor’s Note: This article by Rabbi Address was originally published on NAMI.org, the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
A highlight of a recent conference on Judaism and mental health featured several members of the host synagogue telling their stories. Two men and a woman spent the better part of a late morning describing their journeys and how the congregation’s openness to them as individuals helped support them and their families. Gradually, in the past decade, increasing numbers of congregations and agencies with the Jewish community have begun to focus on the challenges of reducing the stigma of mental illness on a public level as well as creating opportunities to educate members of the community regarding the place of mental health within Jewish tradition. Read more