The Jewish Mental Health Initiative, JMHI 2020, is a collaborative effort of the Birmingham Jewish community agencies and synagogues, funded by the Birmingham Jewish Foundation & CJFS, offering information and programs that focus on mental health and addiction with three primary goals:

  • Raise Awareness

  • Reduce Stigma

  • Increase Access

Join us for Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, January 31-February 1, Parsha Bo

This is our first ever Mental Health Awareness Shabbat. We will be hearing from people we know and love about how mental health issues have affected their lives and their families’ lives. While I will unfortunately be away in Connecticut for the annual conference of our Yeshiva, Yeshivat Hadar, this topic is very important to me. Struggles with Mental Health have had their effects in my family. And I would dare to venture that it has taken a toll on most extended family networks. I am thankful to CJFS’s leadership in this important area. I hope that as a result of the conversations that we start this weekend, we will be able to talk more freely about mental health and addiction issues in our community. I hope that we can lessen the stigma and provide better support to those families who suffer from such issues.

—Rabbi Stephen

If you or someone you care about needs help, here are some local & national resources:

  • Collat Jewish Family Services: provides counseling services for all ages.
  • The Crisis Center: provides telephone support & counseling services for individuals facing a personal crisis and/or mental health issues.
  • PIRC (Psychiatric Intake Response Center): Located at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, PIRC is a confidential psychiatric response center designed to assist children & teens, their loved ones and/or caregivers, and community providers in finding the appropriate level of mental health care and resources.
  • UAB Substance Abuse Program: provides initial assessment and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Jewish Addiction Awareness Network: connects families and individuals to information, support, tools, and Jewish perspectives to help them face addiction and work toward recovery.