Refu'at HaNefesh: Mental Health Support Chevra

Stress and Mental Health – Bet Am Shalom Response and Outreach
Refuat HaNefesh / Healing of Spirit

Do you feel lonely, overwhelmed, unheard? Are you or a loved one withdrawing from family, friends or the community? Is someone you love behaving erratically?

  • Emotional difficulty and mental illness take many forms, with varying levels of severity.
  • Our mental health can be affected by either/both our biological makeup or circumstances that affect our ability to cope.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
  • In addition, mental illness affects the loved ones of those affected.
  • Mental illness often overlaps with one’s physical and spiritual health.

Many people in our congregation have struggled with some type of mental illness at one time. We, at Bet Am Shalom, are working to de-stigmatize this widespread epidemic.

You are NOT alone. Bet Am Shalom is developing a set of resources which are available to you on a strictly confidential basis. They include referrals to non-congregant providers, clergy support, and contact with others who may have dealt with or are dealing with a similar situation or condition. Please know – there is hope, there is help, there are ways to feel better.

Contact either Rabbi Lester Bronstein ( or 914-946-8851) or Karen Dolins (



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