The Mental Health Awareness Shabbat (MHAS), launched by Jami in 2017, aims to raise the profile of mental health in the Jewish Community.

The MHAS falls annually on Shabbat “Bo”, the weekly Torah portion which tells about the Plague of Darkness, which has resonance with mental illness.

This year’s theme is The Impact of the Pandemic. Living through the ongoing pandemic has affected all our mental health, and this special Shabbat is an opportunity for the entire community to focus on and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

They have lots of events and resources planned. Please see below and follow the link for further information and to register:

Saturday 23rd January 8-9.30pm

Mental Health Awareness through a Covid-19 Lens – Looking after ourselves, our families and our communities (Interactive Head Room Education session)

Sunday 24th January 8-9.15pm

MHAS Community Conversations (Interactive Head Room Education session)

Monday 25th January 7-8pm

Getting through lockdown: taking care of myself and my friends (interactive Head Room Education session) for ages 14-16

Tuesday 26th January 8-8.30pm

Supporting our children during these difficult times – Samantha Simmonds in conversation with Dr Ellie Cannon

Thursday 28th January 8-8.30pm

Monty, Mental Health and Mazal – Zaki Cooper in conversation with cricket legend Monty Panesar

Thursday 28th January 8.30-8.45pm

Cake is my Super Power with Ilana Epstein of Ta’am – Judaism on a Plate