Ruth Tepler Roth has worked as VP of Marketing/Sales at a national insurance company specializing in mental health/substance abuse services, and more recently as director of admissions/PR at a yeshiva elementary school. She is a wife and mother of three children: two daughters and a son, who took his own life. She now devotes much of her time and energy to help destigmatize mental illness, and to be supportive of people who either struggle with their own mental illness, or that of a friend or family member. She writes on topics related to mental illness awareness in daily life. It is more than a worthy cause and it is part of what heals her.
My kitchen was bedlam, resembling a “winter wonderland” scene, with flour on counters, cabinets, floor, and inside drawers. The delicious aroma of cookies filled the air. It was our annual…“Roth Purim bake-a-thon,” a family tradition in which the four of us — my three children and I — baked cookies to give to friends and family. We each had our own cookie assignment and, remarkably, much like dogs tend to resemble their owners, there seemed to be a poetic logic as to who chose… >> Read More
Our son’s illness, when we finally became aware of it, was a magnitude 8 earthquake in our lives that came without any warning. It was a calm and beautiful day in July when I found him the first…time he tried to end his life at age 21. The mechanics of saving him, calling 911, unlocking and opening the door for the rescue team, calling my husband, and following Jonathan’s ambulance to the hospital all happened on autopilot. The moments at the hospital crawled as I waited to hear whether my son would… >> Read More