#Qui­et­ingTh­e­Si­lence: Per­son­al Stories

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September 1, 2019

Near­ly one in five Amer­i­cans, 18 years and old­er, expe­ri­enced a men­tal ill­ness in 2018. One in five Amer­i­cans old­er than 12 used an illic­it drug, which includes mis­us­ing pre­scrip­tion opi­oids. These sta­tis­tics apply to the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty as well as the gen­er­al com­mu­ni­ty. #Qui­et­ingTh­e­Si­lence is a col­lec­tion of per­son­al sto­ries and per­spec­tives relat­ed to life-chang­ing expe­ri­ences involv­ing men­tal ill­ness and addic­tion. Through these sto­ries of strug­gle and loss, we hope to show indi­vid­u­als they are not alone and to work toward elim­i­nat­ing the shame and stig­ma many feel around these top­ics. The writ­ers help pro­vide insights and tips to edu­cate peo­ple look­ing for some wis­dom. In addi­tion to the pow­er­ful sto­ries, there are mul­ti­ple resources for self-care, improv­ing grat­i­tude and joy, Jew­ish prayers for heal­ing, nation­al help hot­lines, and a men­tal health glossary.

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