COVID-19 has impacted the whole world; for almost everyone, life has had to change profoundly with an increase in a range of mental health conditions for adults, from emotional exhaustion, sleep problems and anxiety to depression. In response, the Good Thinking team has been developing the service making changes to offer better and more relatable support to Jewish communities in London. Millions of us have experienced a mental health problem or seen a loved one struggle and we understand that people might be feeling anxious, stressed or struggling with other mental health concerns.
Good Thinking is pleased to launch the Five Ways to Wellbeing & Judaism, produced in collaboration with Jami, in consultation with Rabbi Miriam Berger and Rabbi Daniel Epstein and with the support of The London Jewish Forum, Maccabi GB and the London Borough of Barnet, This expanded resource is to meet the growing demand for mental health support across London and its diverse communities and to provide curated resources that feel more culturally appropriate for faith communities.
The five ways to good mental wellbeing and Judaism, are based on NHS advice and are also encouraged in Judaic teachings, they are:
- Connect with other people
- Be physically active
- Learn something new each day
- Give to others
- Pay attention to how you feel
Endorsed by the Jami, The London Jewish Forum, Maccabi GB and the London of Barnet, the Five Ways to Wellbeing and Judaism forms one part of the wider toolkit. The toolkit provides a series of videos and accompanying animations on the five ways to wellbeing that can be shared on WhatsApp and across various social media platforms. This toolkit will be followed by more toolkits for other faith communities.
This toolkit has been designed to help you make Good Thinking visible across your organisation and the communities you work with. The information, tools and templates will help you to deliver the campaign message and make the best use of the communication channels and resources that are available to you.
Please help us disseminate these valuable resources with your local networks and trusted partners. If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org