Although we forget it at times, Judaism has a positive message that more tweens — and their parents, for that matter — need to hear.
It’s an ancient idea that rails against body-shaming,…upends the endless hamster-wheel of success chasing, and is profoundly counter-cultural in declaring that we all matter and have inherent worth. What is this message? It’s simple: Each of us is stunning and incredible. It is a message that has been passed down in Jewish tradition from generation to generation, but it seems to have… >> Read More
Here.Now. is teen-driven Jewish movement to provide support, build connections, increase wellbeing and resilience, and reduce stigma around mental health. Teens can engage in creative activities,…partnerships, events, and innovate online content designed by teens for teens. This list was compiled by the Here.Now. teen executive board. Learn more. 1. Just because my door is closed doesn’t mean I am doing something terrible. 2. Sometimes when I am sad, it isn’t for any particular reason. 3. It’s OK to let me… >> Read More
Ten people were killed last week at a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, and 13 more were injured.
Among the unnecessarily dead is Shana Fisher, a 16-year-old year old girl who allegedly…turned down romantic advances from the shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, and, after four months of unencouraged overtures from him, stood up to him in class. Her mother contends that Fisher was deliberately targeted for having refused the Pagourtzis’s attention. I’m enraged by this, for a variety of reasons. I’ll start with the obvious: Nobody should be… >> Read More
May is chugging along, which means school is winding down, spring is actually here, and Shavuot is just around the corner. But this cheerful, blossoming time of year also holds a more serious…significance: It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. As a literary fiction writer who focuses on mental health, this month is incredibly important to me: It’s a time in which we strive to broaden our understanding of mental illness and amplify the voices of those who struggle. One excellent way to do this is through writing and… >> Read More
Over the past few years, more and more awareness has been raised about postpartum depression — which is amazing.
But often times, moms with babies in the NICU are often sidelined in these…discussions. Apparently, some 70 percent of moms whose babies spend time in the NICU have signs of depression — and yet many don't receive treatment. In general, about 11 percent of U.S. moms suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD). NICU moms, unsurprisingly, suffer from postpartum mood issues at higher rates, according to a paper published at International Journal… >> Read More