Prevention

Overview

Through mental health and wellness-focused programs, workshops, and retreats, BaMidbar helps individuals bolster personal resilience by expanding their understanding of mental health and grounding that understanding within their Jewish identity. Participants work to remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness, educating themselves, their peers, and their community.

To review a list of the current community wellness programs we’re offering, click here.

Wellness Fellowships & Internships

Focused on peer engagement through a mental health and wellness lens, BaMidbar’s Wellness Fellowship engages youth and young adults to work to remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness, educating themselves and their peers through group learning and programmatic opportunities. During the program, Wellness Fellows engage in training seminars and mentoring check-in sessions. Participants receive high-level training in mental health awareness, advocacy, relational engagement, and leadership development. Fellows also develop community service projects related to mental health awareness and stigma reduction and introduce them to their home communities. The Wellness Fellowship was developed in partnership with the Jewish Teen Initiative at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.

BaMidbar is working to scale this highly replicable Prevention programming model. We are actively seeking partners to launch the Wellness Fellowship in other communities across the country. For more information and to inquire, please contact Emily Heeren, Program Director, at EmilyH@BaMidbarTherapy.org.

Prevention Program Partnerships

Jewish Teen Initiative at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

The Jewish Teen Initiative at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (JTI) and BaMidbar launched a Mental Health and Wellness Track of the JTI Peer Leadership Fellowship in Fall 2021. Over nine-months, this teen fellowship cohort focused on peer engagement through a mental health and wellness lens, culminating in community service projects related to mental health awareness and stigma reduction. Teens were equipped with the language, knowledge, and skills to have meaningful engagements with their peers and developed tools to support each other.

Foundation for Jewish Camp

The Jewish Camp Mental Health and Wellness Internship provides camp counselors (18+) with resources for supporting cultures of mental health and wellness at camp. Interns will learn tools to: remove the stigmas surrounding mental health and wellness, educate themselves and their peers, and appropriately support their campers. Through the program, Interns will learn to articulate a connection between their Jewish identity, understanding of mental health, and sense of personal resilience.

Customized Programs

Are you a synagogue looking to create a rite of passage experience for your B’nai Mitzvah or confirmation classes? Are you a day school hoping to support your seniors with a successful transition into college? Are you a camp looking to connect your outdoor programming with mental health and wellness curriculum? Or are you a Hillel hoping to build community and engage students in a new and unique experience?

Take your community OUTSIDE to try something different, seek fresh perspective, and build connections. We work with diverse organizations to create a customized curriculum and itinerary for the group. Give us a call today to share your goals, and we’ll craft an experience unique to your community’s needs.

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Build Community

Students will engage with a supportive and healthy community of like-minded young adults, and cultivate strong relationships that continue upon their return home.

Explore Idendity

In the beauty of the wilderness, students consider life’s big questions and explore meaning, values, and purpose.

Increase Self-Efficacy

Through outdoor adventure and nature-based experiences, students build transferable skills and increase their self-confidence and self-efficacy.

Our approach

BaMidbar’s wellness programs focus on building resilience through increased self-confidence, skill-building, and healthy relationships.

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WILDERNESS ENVIRONMENT

Nature and adventure are used as a vehicle for personal growth. Students are challenged and given the opportunity to apply learning in a safe, experiential environment.
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TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

Mental health professionals and outdoor educators design programming and curriculum. Trained guides facilitate experiences with an eye towards social, emotional, and spiritual growth.
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JEWISH FRAMEWORK

3,000 years of Jewish history speaks to the question: what does it mean to live well? Jewish tradition, metaphor, and storytelling are used to support students in exploring values, purpose, and personal identity.
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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Programs work to increase open dialogue and decrease stigma around mental health in the broader Jewish community. Students reflect on their own mental wellness.

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