Mental Wellness Matters

Temple Sinai is having an ongoing conversation about mental illness and we welcome you to add to the conversation or just listen and learn or ask questions. Our community is no different than the general population. We have members who are living with mental illness every single day. They live with it themselves or with someone they love. They are our children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends, extended family and fellow Temple members.

Look around you; 1 in 5 of the adults you see will experience some kind of mental illness in any given year, and 1 in 10 children lives with a diagnosable mental illness.

So, why is it so hard to talk about? Why is a disorder of the brain (which happens to be, by far, the most complex organ in the human body) so difficult for us to accept? Why do people feel ashamed and alone?

It is just like other diseases of the body. The causes are the same: genetic, environmental, biological… It would never occur to you to blame someone who has cancer, Alzheimer’s or diabetes for the symptoms they experience or to tell them they are weak, lazy, manipulative, and that they are choosing to have their disease or that, if they just put their mind to it, they could change how they feel or act! Yet, this is a common misconception.

We have different programs and topics about nine months out of the year. Watch for information on our home page or in Kesher and Snippets.

For more information, please contact Cindy Abramson at

Tue, February 20 2018 5 Adar 5778