Mental Health Awareness Shabbat


May is Mental Health Awareness month, and we’re inviting you to bring the conversation around mental health to your Shabbat table. Though those tables might be smaller or online this year, they can still be a place to engage in powerful conversation, to connect with others, and to create a community of caring and inclusivity. 1 in 5 adults in the United States 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 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 for Shabbat dinners hosted by Mental Health Month hosts. You can find our events by going to this page or by searching 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.

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 Blue Dove Foundation is starting in Atlanta with plans to expand across the United States and Canada quickly.  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.