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Mental Illness & Addiction Awareness

About 1 in 4 adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year which interferes with employment, school attendance, or daily life.

No one is immune from mental illness and addiction. Any person – regardless of age, economic status, or race – can develop a mental illness or addiction.

In the traditional mi she-beirakh prayer for the sick, we pray for a refuah sheleimah – a complete recovery – which includes both refuat ha-nefesh u’refuat haguf – a healing of the soul and the body. Judaism acknowledges a distinction between mental and physical health. However, tradition treats them on an equal plane, recognizing that both a healthy body and a healthy mind are necessary for human beings to be complete.*

Resources are available

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado
    NAMI HelpLine: Contact by email max@namicolorado.org or phone 303.321.3104 | namicolorado.org
  • Colorado Crisis Services
    Confidential and immediate support 24/7/365, call this toll-free number 1.844.493.TALK (8255) | coloradocrisisservices.org
  • Mental Health FirstAid Colorado
    303.832.7594 | mhfaco.org
  • BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy
    720.930.4390 | Info@BaMidbarTherapy.org | bamidbartherapy.org
  • Jewish Family Service of Colorado
    720.248.4701 | hnusz@jewishfamilyservice.org | jewishfamilyservice.org
  • Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (JACS) 212.632.4600 | jacs@jbfcs.org
  • CO Department of Human Services – Office of Behavioral Health
    Community mental health centers & opioid treatment programs:
    https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/find-behavioral-health-help
  • Areivim Taskforce Denver
    303.335.8968 | zeraabraham.com/avreichim-task-force-of-denver/

Our mission at JEWISHcolorado is to steward and strengthen Jewish community in Colorado, Israel and the world. One of our guiding principles is to care for those who are vulnerable. We are proud to raise awareness about this important topic that impacts the Jewish community.

* Source: Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism