It is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to be more in touch with their own mental health and wellbeing, and to raise awareness of mental health and mental illness in the local and wider community.
MHAS falls annually on Shabbat “Bo”, the weekly Torah portion which tells about the Plague of Darkness. The description of the plague of darkness has particular resonance with mental illness – the darkness was so intense that people couldn’t move from their position. This has parallels with descriptions of mental illness.
Last year over 120 synagogues, student and youth groups across the full range of Jewish religious affiliation throughout the UK engaged in the MHAS.
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