What can you do?

There are many ways that you, your synagogue, school, student and youth group can get involved in 2019 and each community or individual is free to mark the Head On Mental Health Awareness Shabbat in their own way.

Our Resource Pack can assist you in doing so, for example, by using one of the sermons provided, arranging activities listed within the pages of youth materials and ideas, taking part in the wellbeing exercises prepared by Jami’s fitness expert or by using the conversation points as part of a discussion group.

Many communities also choose to arrange for speakers within their own congregations to share their own lived experience, or mental health professionals within their communities to lead a panel discussion.  Please be sure to let us know what you have planned.

Download the Mental Health Awareness Shabbat Resource Pack here.


To arrange for a Jami speaker to come to your community to mark Mental Health Awareness Shabbat please contact Laura Bahar on 020 8458 2223 or email laura.bahar@jamiuk.org

Past projects

  • Jami led a session for a group of parents and grandparents at Stanmore United Synagogue about building resilience in the family and managing stress of modern family life. This was followed by a panel event which included Jami’s Education Manager, a child and adolescent psychologist, a physiotherapist specialising in chronic pain management and a psychotherapist specialising in addictive behaviours.
  • Jami ran an interactive workshop on “Stress Management”, working with youth groups on how to manage their stress and maintain motivation.
  • Jami led a talk at Radlett United Synagogue on “Mental Health in the Jewish Community” followed by a panel event with panellists including Jami’s Education Manager, a Clinical Psychologist, a Psychiatrist and a Mental Health Tribunal Judge.
  • Edgware United Synagogue held a workshop led by Jami’s Mental Health Awareness Co-ordinator on “Stress Pressure and Meltdown: Building Resilience in our Families” to discuss how our children’s and our own emotional wellbeing are interlinked and how we can kick start those much-needed conversations.
  • Motivated by the Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, Rambam Sephardi Synagogue Elstree and Borehamwood have arranged for Jami to provide their Mental Health First Aid training course for members of their congregation, an internationally recognised course which teaches skills that can be used as a ‘first aid response’ to someone in distress.
  • Jami’s volunteer Mental Health Awareness Raiser led a session/discussion at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue and at the Mosaic community in Harrow.
  • Northwood United Synagogue prepared a special sermon and invited a member of their community with their own lived experience to share their story.
  • Finchley Progessive Synagogue hosted a Mental Health Awareness Shiur and Jami spoke to the community after the service.