In Fall 2021, the Jewish Teen Initiative (JTI) at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and BaMidbar launched a nine-month Mental Health and Wellness Track of the JTI Peer Leadership Fellowship. The teen fellowship cohort focused on peer engagement through a mental health and wellness lens, culminating in community projects. Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, stay tuned to BaMidbar and JTI as we share their projects related to mental health awareness and stigma reduction.
By Dylan Kerble, Annie Overbaugh, Judy Dicker, James Dicker, & Jackson Selby
We created playlists and list of podcast for all your emotional needs
Welcome to our JTI Mood Playlists! Over the past few months, us Jewish Teens have come together and compiled a list of songs and podcasts to create a total of 6 different playlists!
These playlists all correspond to a different “mood,” so no matter what you’re feeling, we’ve got you covered. Music is something that everyone feels different about, so we’ve worked to find songs that could appeal to a plethora of listeners. We encourage you to listen to these by yourself, with a friend, or even family.
Why are we doing this? Music is something that has a huge impact on someone’s mental health! Studies have shown the benefits of music on not only mental health but physical health as well. These studies show that music can decrease stress and anxiety, and improve overall mental health and wellness. Whether you listen to these songs as a way to cope with anxiety, as a distraction from stress, or just as background noise, we hope you enjoy our playlists.
The “Stress Relieving” playlist consists of songs that allow you to relieve any stress you may be feeling. Sometimes, we just need a break from whatever we’re doing. That is okay. Taking a music break may help to de-stress and calm your nerves. Take a breath, pop your headphones in, and maybe even close your eyes. We hope that these songs eliminate or lessen your stress and help to take off any kind of pressure you may be feeling.
A-O-K by Tai Verdes
Vienna by Billy Joel
Someone New by Hozier
Home by Phillip Phillips
Know your Worth by Khalid
Hey Jude by The Beatles
Glad you Exist by Dan + Shay
SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK by Joji
Sunflower by Post Malone
Borderline by Tame Impala
New Light by John Mayer
Coaster by Khalid
I Don’t Miss you at All by FINNEAS
In My Room by Frank Ocean
Good Days by SZA
Dylan Kerble is a senior in high school who is involved in both sports and community service. She enjoys being active and outdoors, making art, and baking. She is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead and works in the JCC’s early childhood program during the school year. She also is a camp counselor at the JCC Kindercamp during the summer.
The “Mood Lifting” playlist consists of songs meant to boost your mood. We specifically picked songs for this playlist that not only have an upbeat tempo, but an inspiring message as well. Music is an important tool that can be used to aid your mental health. Listening to and taking in important messages through music is one of the best ways to boost your mood and keep yourself healthy mentally and physically. The goal of this playlist is to provide others with messages that will make them feel happy, confident, and comfortable within their own skin. We hope that this playlist inspires you to be kind to yourself and others.
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
I’m Still Standing by Elton John
Valerie by Amy Winehouse
Try by P!nk
Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld
One Call Away by Charlie Puth
I’ll Be There by Jess Glynne
The Climb by Miley Cyrus
Stronger by Kelly Clarendon
Look for The Good by Jason Mraz
Geronimo by Sheppard
Count on Me by Bruno Mars
Beautiful People by Ed Sheeran
Cabin Fever by Jaden
Mad Behaviour by Izzy Bizu
Way it Goes by Hippo Campus
Annie Overbaugh is a senior at Swampscott High School, where she is involved in student council. Annie enjoys reading, painting and spending time with friends. She is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead and BBYO. She works in the JCC’s early childhood program during the school year and is a camp counselor at its Kindercamp during the summer.
The “Happy Feely” playlist consists of songs that you’re meant to listen to when you just want to feel good. These songs are upbeat and make you want to sing along and dance. It is important for your mental health to be able to release any built up energy and these songs will help you make that happen. It is important to take time for yourself and find ways to celebrate a good moment and keep that good feeling going!
Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
Jackie and Wilson by Hozier
Are You Bored Yet? by Wallows
Can I Call You Tonight? by Dayglow
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes
Good Feeling by Flo Rida
You’ve got a friend in me by Randy Newman
Upside Down by Jack Johnson
Good as Hell by Lizzo
Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
Mr. Brightside by The Killers
Just a Little While by the 502s
Candy by Robbie Williams
Electric Feel by MGMT
Dead To Me by Kali Uchis
Magic in the Hamptons by Social House
Blue World by Mac Miller
Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John
Judy Dicker is a senior at Swampscott High School. She is captain of her high school swim team, a lifeguard and a swim instructor. She enjoys spending time with her friends, listening to music and traveling. Judy is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead and BBYO and her favorite shows are “Gossip Girl,” “Friends” and “Skins UK.”
The “Calming/Relaxing” playlist consists of songs to play when you are in a mellow mood. The songs that we picked for this playlist are slower and are less “in your face” than most other songs. The purpose of this playlist is to let people know that it is okay to take time for yourself and to help people mentally recover from a long day or from stress or anxiety.
Blackbird by The Beatles
Catch and Release by Matt Simons
Rises the moon by Liana Flores
My House by Declan Mckenna
Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens
Georgia by Vance Joy
I Hear Symphony by Cody Fry
Evergreen by Yebba
1950 by King Princess
Better by Khalid
Good News by Mac Miller
The A Team by Ed Sheeran
Beautiful Boy by John Lennon
Honolulu Honey by Jeremy Sherman
Somebody Else by Jaden
Deep Breathing by Relaxing Songs For Everyone
Free Spirit by Relaxing songs for everyone
Relax for the kind by relaxing songs for everyone
Lights Down Low (Instrumental) by The O’Neill Brothers Group
Somewhere Only We Know (Instrumental) by Allen & Bright
This is Me (Instrumental) by Steven C
Pink + White by Frank Ocean
James Dicker is a sophomore at Swampscott High School. He plays soccer, skis and is an assistant instructor in martial arts. James is a member and madrich (teacher’s assistant) at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead and he plays the drums and guitar.
Classical pieces of music are closer to poems or stories than what we think of as music. Rather than using words to create setting, plot, and emotion, classical music uses sound. It can make you feel happy, sad, angry, relaxed, melancholic, joyous and all other possible emotions through simple changes in pressure in the air detected by microscopic hairs in your ears. From the gentle, eye-watering melodies reminiscent of a sort of “genesis of goodness” of Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” to the romantic evening under a starry night vibe conveyed by Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 18th variation on a theme of Paganini, this playlist will carry you through an array of relaxing, heart-warming, peaceful sounds to take your mind from this world to one rid of worry.
Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens: Le Cygne
Gymnopedie No. 1 by Erik Satie
Clair de Lune, L. 32 by Claude Debussy
Berceuse Opus 57 by Frederick Chopin
Leider Ohne Worte Opus 62 number 6 by Felix Mendelssohn
Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude by Franz Liszt
Chopin Nocturnes (2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 19) by Frédéric Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 Mvmt. 2 by Frederick Chopin
Humoresque No. 7 by Antonin Dvorak
Ave Maria S. 558 by Schubert/ Liszt
Morceaux de Fantasie, Op. 3 No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Symphony No.2: Mvmt. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No.2 Mvmt. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Chopin Sonata No. 3 Mvmt. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Jackson Selby is a Junior in high school at St. John’s preparatory school. He is a great student, and a talented pianist. Having battled with some strong anxiety in the past, Jackson is eager to use his acquired weapons and wisdom to help others with their mental health struggles as well.
In addition to our playlists, we have also come up with a list of podcasts that deal with mental health. They range from podcasts that help you relax and destress, to podcasts that take a more comedic route when talking about mental health. Everyone has their own way of coping, so that is why we have a variety of podcasts for all kinds of listeners. Some are shorter, while some are a little longer. Talking about all of this can help us to spread awareness and increase our knowledge so that we are better equipped to recognize when someone is struggling with their own mental health.
The Mindful Minute
The Daily Meditation Podcast
5 Minute Meditations
The Joy Factor
The Science of Happiness
Let’s Talk About Mental Health
The Positive Mindset Podcast
The Butterfly Effect
Mental Illness Happy Hour
The Hilarious World of Depression