Mental Health Education and Support

Support Groups

JCFS Chicago offers support groups on a variety of topics to enable a range of participants to embrace the comfort of human connection.

Evenings of Support

Community-wide gatherings provide wisdom and support through a Jewish lens. Smaller group gatherings offer the opportunity for adults of all ages and life stages to discuss ongoing challenges and learn coping and self-care strategies.

Community Education

Learn new ways to help a friend, parent, child or loved one by bringing a JCFS Mental Health Education program to your synagogue, organization or school.

  • Recognize the signs of a mental health challenge or crisis.
  • Learn how to actively and compassionately listen to someone in distress.
  • Understand mental health in the Jewish community and how we can support and respond to those who need our help.
  • Synagogues throughout our community are invited to celebrate Mental Health Shabbat.  Please view our Mental Health Shabbat Resource Guide for links to articles, information, prayers and readings to share with your community on Mental Health Shabbat and throughout the year.

Care Ambassadors

Lay leaders and professionals are invited to participate in cohort style workshops to learn skills and approaches to build resilience and support the emotional well-being of community members and colleagues. Facilitated by local and national trainers, CARE workshops will meet (virtually) for four 2-hour sessions that include training, interactive discussion and time for Q & A. Ambassadors will collaborate with colleagues, make stronger connections, and learn about mental health & wellness through a Jewish lens.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) are nationally recognized skills-based training courses that teach participants to identify the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and connect individuals with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

Training For Professionals in Jewish Organizations

Our presenters offer expertise and practical approaches for preventing a mental health crisis or intervening when a crisis cannot be averted.

Topics include:

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Grief, anxiety, and stress
  • Self-care and coping strategies for professionals
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Understanding mental health in the Jewish community

For More Information

Diane Halivni, Coordinator, Community Education and Support, 847.745.5459.