Everyone has mental health. It involves our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and it affects how we think, feel, and act.
It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Approximately 1 in 5 young people in the UK suffer from a mental illness – 20% of our population.
Mental illnesses occur at similar rates around the world, in every culture and in all socio – economic groups – and our religion is no different.
Before people think that because we are Jews, we are somehow sheltered by the troubles of the ‘outside world’ – but our community, just like those of our fellow muslims, hindus and Sikhs are just a microcosm, of the rest of the world.
Therefore 20% of Jews may suffer from a mental illness – Charedi, modern orthodox, traditional and reform – we all affected in exactly the same way.