Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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So You Want to Be a Mental Health Professional

When I decided to become a social worker many years ago, there were few choices of graduate programs. Nowadays, those thinking about becoming a mental health professional have multiple options. The purpose of this short article is not to speak about any specific discipline or program. It’s simply for you to think about what it means to


Third Annual Community Mental Health Shabbat Set for May 6-9

(Courtesy of Congregation TBDJ) The third annual Community Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, spearheaded by Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem in Montreal, Quebec, will take place Thursday-Sunday, May 6-9. It will be fully virtual, with a mental health symposium on Thursday evening, a Friday workshop for high school


Holy Resilience

Over the last year, to varying degrees, we have all experienced the unnatural feeling of not being able to connect with others. Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and Association for Psychological Science, cites research suggesting that the immediate effects of social isolation related


Be the Captain

Teen magazines.

When I was younger I used to pore through them, reading about health and wellness, style, celebrity gossip, etc. I vividly recall noticing, one Friday night as I was reading during that in-between time before Shabbat dinner, that there was an advice section. Readers were given definitive


Tobacco and Cancer: Part I

We are all aware of the profound effect that cigarette smoking has had on the incidence and mortality of cancer. The best estimates are that tobacco is responsible for about one third of cancer—not just lung cancer, but other cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract (oral cavity, larynx, head and neck, esophagus), bladder, kidney,


Introduction to Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

When a new person comes to Wellsprings Wellness Center, the first question they ask is, “Can you explain to me what PEMF is and how it is going to help me?” I explain the cells of the body and their amazing function in storing water, nutrients, oxygen…and how vital it is to our health to have strong cells. When our cells become weak


The Mazel Tov Heard Round the World

(Courtesy of Bonei Olam) When Moshe Aron Fulop of Brooklyn showed up at the maternity ward of a Manhattan hospital this August, the staffer at the front desk gave him a visitor’s pass.

“I’d like a father’s pass,” he said.

“Those aren’t for


Suffering in Silence

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) As COVID-19 persists in our everyday lives, we are very machmir in complying with pandemic regulations—masks, social distancing, vaccinations. However, we are missing the big picture of another pandemic that is amongst us—serious mental health issues.


JFSCNJ Certified Home Health Aide Program Graduates New Students

(Courtesy of JFSCNJ) Despite the global pandemic, JFSCNJ was able to continue the Certified Home Health Aide Training Program and recently graduated eight new students. According to Karen Winter, RN, training coordinator for the JFSCNJ Certified Home Health Aide Training Program, “We were able to offer the lectures virtually and


Diet and Cancer: Part III

We previously discussed the wide discrepancy in cancer rates between the U.S. and Japan, and considered that the differences in dietary fat intake might be responsible in part for it.

If we go back to the 1970s when these hypotheses were being formulated and discussed, the average U.S. intake of fat was


Stuck in the Middle With Me

Recovery is not linear. This is a lesson that is typically taught in the beginning stages of one’s recovery process to help the individual understand that imagining a beautiful slope toward the end of struggle is unrealistic.

When I first spoke about my own history of struggles, I used the


Rebuilding Myself Using Broken Glass

“אם אשכחך ירושלים תשכח ימיני”

“If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget itself.” (Sefer Tehillim)

One of the most meaningful wedding gifts my husband and I received was a mezuzah case that contained some of the shards of

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