May 2022 Newsletter – Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and BaMidbar would like to take the opportunity to extend sincere gratitude to our programmatic partners. During May Mental Health Awareness Month, BaMidbar facilitated 14 programs in partnership with 11 organizations reaching 322 participants, including 54 teens and 268 Jewish communal professionals.

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“This training was phenomenal and has provided language, theory, and practice to support me in my work. [The training] gave me the opportunity to dive deep, learn, practice, and plan for future implementation” – 2022 Education Program Participant
“I haven’t been to a program that has so seamlessly taught me to incorporate what I’m learning into both my life and my work.” – 2022 Education Program Participant
“This training was a paradigm shift for me. I learned that with a bit of intention, many of the things I am already doing can be tweaked to support student wellness.” – 2022 Education Program Participant

Thank you to the following organizations for partnering with us this month to better address mental health in your communities!

  • Foundation for Jewish Camp
  • Jewish Addiction Awareness Network
  • Jewish Family Services of Pittsburgh
  • Jewish Family Services of San Diego
  • Jewish Teen Initiative at CJP
  • Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools
  • Natan Fund
  • Our Jewish Recovery
  • Ramah California
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • Valley Beth Shalom

BaMidbar is already booking programs for Fall 2022. Is your community interested in partnering with BaMidbar? Contact Emily Heeren, Program Director, at EmilyH@BaMidbarTherapy.org for more details!

Check Out the JTI Peer Wellness Fellows’ Projects

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, BaMidbar has been highlighting projects from the JTI Peer Wellness Fellows. This nine-month Mental Health and Wellness Track of Boston Jewish Teen Initiative’s Peer Leadership Fellowship focused on peer engagement through a mental health and wellness lens, culminating in community projects. We are so proud of the work they accomplished, representing their efforts to remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness, educating themselves and their peers through group learning and programmatic opportunities. Check out a few highlighted blog posts below!

Read Jory’s Article in eJewishPhilanthropy

Jory Hanselman Mayschak, BaMidbar’s CEO, writes, “As we emerge from the pandemic, how do we name grief and say yes – I am grieving, I have been grieving and I will continue to grieve. And how do we also look toward the future and rebuild? What comes next? How do I keep moving forward? How do I live each day into a new and different future? And how can I support those around me in doing the same?” Click the button below to read the full eJewishPhilanthropy article, “Grief, love and loss: A year in Jewish stories.”

Read Jory’s Article

Limited Space Remaining In Our Summer 2022 Treatment Programs!

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The pandemic has both exposed and exacerbated the youth mental health crisis. We know people are struggling and we need your help to get them the support they need. BaMidbar’s immersive, wilderness-based therapeutic program helps young adults (18-28) find direction and chart a new path forward.

When: June 30 to August 8, 2022

Where: Colorado

BaMidbar’s Wilderness Therapy program is a 40-day immersive, wilderness-based, therapeutic program for emerging adults (ages 18-28) looking to find direction and chart a new path forward. BaMidbar’s program uses wilderness and adventure-based experiences as a vehicle to promote self-reflection and therapeutic growth, while helping participants build a toolkit to face life’s challenges.

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