Mental Health X Shabbat

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and you’re invited to bring the conversation around mental health to your Shabbat table. While your tables might continue to be smaller or virtual, they are a place to engage in powerful conversation, to connect with others, and to 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. 

Whatever you’ve been calling this transitional moment, as the world slowly re-opens and welcomes us back in with air hugs, 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.

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

Click here to view + download the poem by Charly

Take a Breath and Host a Dinner

  • If you haven’t already, complete the OneTable hosting application.
  • Once you’re approved, post your dinner by the Tuesday before your dinner. During this time, we’re only allowing in-person dinners that are solo & with the people you live with, or virtual dinners.
  • 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 a virtual dinner open to the community, make sure to tag your event with “Mentalhealth” so that others can find it.
  • Head to our Shabbat Alone, Together page to find guides, playlists, readings & more on hosting in the time of COVID-19.

Find Your Seat at a Virtual 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 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.

Printable Shabbat Blessings

We invite you to hold tradition in one hand and your beliefs, experiences and passions in the other. Every week Shabbat dinner offers a chance to take a break and be fully present. Ritual and blessings might help carve out a moment to connect with yourself and others.

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

Blue Dove Foundation Death During COVID-19

COVID Grief Network connects adults in their 20’s and 30’s grieving the death or illness of someone close to COVID with free 1-1 and group support – and each other.

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. The Foundation values the importance of partnerships in solving this community problem and is very thankful for the existing relationship and future partners whose missions align.

If your organization is interested in distributing materials and supporting this campaign and your organization’s demographic is outside of the OneTable demographic (young adults), please visit The Blue Dove Foundation Mental Health Shabbat page for additional resources and to join us as a partner.

If you or a loved one need immediate assistance, contact NAMI’s help line.