Mental Health Shabbat Resource Guide

The links below provide prayers, information and resources to increase awareness and expand understanding of mental health in the Jewish community, and to offer support for those struggling with mental health challenges and their loved ones.  These resources can be used by clergy and staff to customize Mental Health Shabbat and to share with congregants both before and afterwards.

For assistance in planning Mental Health Shabbat, including finding a speaker for your congregation, please contact Diane Halivni, JCFS Chicago Coordinator for Community Education & Support.

In the Synagogue

Parashat Yitro Self-Care D’var Torah Suggestions

Mi Sheberach for Mental Health

A Prayer for Healing for Mental Illness

A Prayer to be Recited by the Family Member of One Struggling with Mental Illness

Shabbat at Home

Conversation Starters

Mental Health Shabbat Dinner Guide

Friday night rituals and reflections

Family Cube Game (for children ages 3-18)

Mental Health Information and Resources

No Shame on U Fact Sheet

No Shame on U Teen Fact Sheet

No Shame on U LGBTQ+ Fact Sheet

Depression Signs & Symptoms and What to Do

Mental Health Resource Guide

Mental Health in a Jewish Context and How Congregations Can Support Families Struggling with Mental Health

Jewish Mental Health Values

May is Mental Health Awareness Month - Blog post with Year-Round Coping Strategies

Put Burnout on the Back Burner and Cook Up Self Compassion in 2022 - Blog post 

Suicide Prevention and Support

Suicide Prevention and Support in the Jewish Community Including a booklet for families grieving the death of a loved one to suicide

MISSD Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin

Opening Up About Suicide Article in Tablet Magazine

JCFS Chicago Board of Rabbis No Shame on U