Mental Health + Shabbat

You’re invited to bring the conversation around mental health to your Shabbat table in May for Mental Health Awareness Month and at all times throughout the year. Whether you’re gathering with roommates, friends, or new guests, Shabbat dinner is a time to engage in powerful conversation, connect with others, and create a community of caring and inclusivity. In the United States, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental health condition over the course of a given year (National Association of Mental Illness). That’s 46.6 million people annually. Your outreach, your dinner table, and your kindness may impact someone more than you know.

Take the PAUSE You Need

A return to new. Coming out of hibernation. A transition into the next normal.

Let us remind you (and ourselves) that we have the permission to come back to the familiar at a speed that’s best for us. A butterfly comes out of its cocoon when it’s ready to. A bear leaves the cave after hibernating… “and you, mighty human, deserve to take your time too.”

Take the Pause You Need draws on wisdom from the animal kingdom and features a spoken word love note written for those who may want to re-emerge slowly. The poem is by award-winning poet, Charly Jaffe, set to illustrations by Heather Schieder and music by Broadway’s Andrew Resnick. Click here to view + download the poem by Charly.

Produced by Adam Kantor and Charly Jaffe. Special thanks to video editors Nathan Colby and Nicolas Mackall.

Take a Breath and Host a Dinner

  • If you haven’t already, sign up to become a OneTable host
  • Once you’re approved, post your dinner by the Tuesday before your dinner. You can receive support (up to $300 Nourishment for open dinners or $100 for private dinners) to host for your friends, roommates, the greater community, or even just for yourself.
  • Invite friends! Share the link to your dinner, post about it on social media, and plan for your beautiful night of connection. If it’s open to the community, make sure to tag your event with “Mentalhealth” so that others can find it.

Find Your Seat at the Table

  • Search our tag (Mentalhealth) on OneTable’s Dinners page to see events specifically taking place in your city.
  • RSVP to claim your spot. Feel free to invite friends (space permitting) and contact the host if you have any specific dietary or accessibility needs.

We've Got You Covered

Mental Health Awareness Shabbat Guide

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and there is no better time to bring mental health to the forefront than the Shabbat dinner table, an opportunity to connect with friends old and new for elevated reflection on mental health.

Hosting With Active Inclusivity

How do we ensure all people are able to fully participate in whatever way they’re showing up? For mental health, dietary, or many other reasons, a Shabbat dinner can be difficult or stressful for some people. Here are tips from The Blue Dove Foundation to create a community of caring + inclusivity.

OneTable Sober Shabbat Guide

By showing up in community, sober, and celebrating the gift of Shabbat we make this time and space sacred. It has been said the opposite of addiction is connection, and sober Shabbat allows sacred space for this to happen.

Finding a Therapist

MyWellbeing – match with the right therapist or coach, or find a therapist in NY, NJ, or CA. Additionally, free access to group mental health care for people of color here.

OKCLARITY Find a Jewish therapist that is specific to your needs.

Black Therapist Network

Latinx Therapist Network

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

Psychology Today — Find a Therapist

Grief Resources

The Dinner Party is building a worldwide community of 20- and 30-somethings who have each experienced the loss of a parent, partner, child, sibling, other close family member, or close friend.

The Dinner Party’s CareSquad intergenerational postcard campaign

For immediate help, call or text 988, the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline. Visit this page for additional mental health and addiction resources across the United States and globe.

These mental health Shabbat resources have been developed in partnership with The Blue Dove Foundation. The Blue Dove Foundation’s mission is to educate, equip, and ignite the Jewish community with tools to work together to understand, support and overcome the challenges presented by mental health and substance abuse. As a community and through Tikkun Olam, we will improve and save lives while eradicating the shame and stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse in our global Jewish community.