Le Lézard
Classified in: Health, Covid-19 virus
Subjects: REL, AVO

Talking about mental health in the Jewish community


ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Rates of mental illness and addiction have soared over the past few years, especially since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic. But many Jews continue to believe they're immune to the statistics. And even some who admit there is a problem or who have experienced it personally find it difficult to talk about it. Shame and stigma keep people from speaking out.

The Blue Dove Foundation, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, is working to change that mindset and get people talking with #QuietingTheSilence, an anthology of personal stories published in early 2020. The book gives voice to Jewish individuals who have gone through life-changing experiences involving mental health and substance use. Some stories have happy endings; others speak of heart-breaking loss. Each carries a message of hope.

"We kept hearing about these problems, but people wanted to hide them," said Justin Milrad, one of Blue Dove's founders. "We wanted to start conversations and eliminate the silence surrounding mental illness and addiction. Connection is critical to recovery, and we believe by building an educated, supportive community, we can move forward to help one another. That was behind the name of the book and the whole program: We wanted to 'quiet the silence.'"

The book's overall message is about speaking up and getting help when you need it ? and encouraging others to as well.

"We tell our stories so others will summon the courage to face their own painful circumstances and seek the expert help that is now much more skilled and available than in the past," said Dr. Michael Gordon, medical director of Atlanta's Berman Center, in the book's foreword. "I am hopeful something in these stories will give readers the impetus to get the help they need for themselves or for a loved one."

Blue Dove is kicking off a book tour Nov. 11 in Houston with a teen program at the Jewish Book and Arts Festival at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, followed by stops in several other Jewish communities across the country.

Buy a copy, learn more and download the book club guide at thebluedovefoundation.org/qtsstorybook.

About the Blue Dove Foundation

The Blue Dove Foundation was created to help address the issues of mental illness and addiction in the Jewish community. We work with people and organizations across the United States and around the world.

SOURCE The Blue Dove Foundation


These press releases may also interest you

at 20:01
The craft beer market in Europe is expected to grow by 666.34 million liters during 2021-2025, according to Technavio. The report offers a detailed analysis of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the craft beer market in Europe in optimistic,...

at 20:01
Columbia Banking System, Inc. , the holding company for Columbia State Bank, and Bank of Commerce Holdings , the holding company for Merchants Bank of Commerce, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge Bank of Commerce into...

at 20:00
With civil unrest marring parts of Asia, particularly in regions like Hong Kong, younger families are seeking routes to second citizenship to protect themselves better. Both political instability and economic uncertainty have been exacerbated by the...

at 19:30
The "Copper Sulphate Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Copper sulphate or cupric sulphate (CuSO4) is a salt of copper which exists in...

at 19:29
SIR Royalty Income Fund (the "Fund") today announced that SIR Corp. ("SIR" or the "Company"), the operating entity from which the Fund earns equity income, has filed its financial results for the 12-week and 36-week periods ended May 9, 2021 ("Q3...

at 19:21
Western Forest Products Inc. ("Western" or the "Company") announced today the release of our 2020 Sustainability Report detailing the progress and commitment to our key sustainability initiatives. This includes the completion of our first full...



News published on 2 november 2020 at 10:00 and distributed by: