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Embracing the Complexities of Jewish Self-Harm and Suicidality

Welcome to our dedicated space for exploring and supporting the Jewish community in navigating the profound and complex experiences of self-harm and suicidal behaviors. Our site features a diverse range of professionals, therapists, and content that look into the nuanced realities faced by Jewish individuals and families dealing with these issues, offering insights and guidance from experts within the community.

The Unique Considerations of Self-Harm and Suicidality in the Jewish Community

The Jewish community, with its rich cultural and religious traditions, faces unique challenges when it comes to the complex issues of self-harm and suicidality. Within this tight-knit community, factors such as stigma, communal expectations, and the interplay between spirituality and mental health can all contribute to the unique landscape of these behaviors.

Jewish individuals and families may grapple with the balance between traditional beliefs, which can sometimes view mental health struggles as a sign of weakness, and the need for open, compassionate dialogue and access to appropriate support services. The desire to maintain a strong communal identity and adhere to cultural norms can also create barriers to seeking help and addressing these sensitive topics.

Furthermore, the Jewish community's history of trauma and persecution can deeply impact the manifestation and understanding of self-harm and suicidal tendencies within this population. Navigating these complexities requires a nuanced, culturally sensitive approach that honors the unique experiences and needs of the Jewish community.

Watch the videos below to gain insights from Jewish mental health professionals, community leaders, and individuals who have personal experiences to share. These resources provide a compassionate and comprehensive exploration of this profound and often misunderstood issue.

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Professionals Who Specialize in Self-Harm/Suicidality

Michael Hartman, LMHC

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’. - Viktor Frankl

  • 🙌 Affirming
  • 💭 Open minded
  • 💙 Warm
  • 😃 Humorous

Shayna Shafier, MHC-LP

Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Limited Permit

Safety is not the absence of threat, it is the presence of connection - Gabor Maté

  • 🙌 Affirming
  • 🧘 Calm
  • 💙 Warm
  • 😃 Humorous

Tzippy Farhy, LCPC

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor,LCPC, NCC

Embrace your core and believe in your instrinsic power to change your world.

  • 🥇 Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • 💙 Warm
  • 💡 Solution-oriented

Nina Kaweblum, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

  • 🎯 Direct
  • 💙 Warm
  • 😃 Humorous
  • 💡 Solution-oriented

Eli Goldberg

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, CASAC

We are all just walking each other home - Ram Dass

  • 🧘 Calm
  • 💙 Warm
  • 😃 Humorous
  • 🙏 Spiritual

Ari Poliakoff, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

I excel at helping people discover and understand themselves. This is the key to healing, success, and growth.

  • 🥇 Empowering
  • 👂 Listener
  • 🤝 Collaborative

Eli Kaufman, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

  • 🧘 Calm
  • 💭 Open minded
  • 🤝 Collaborative

Becky Fenton, PsyD

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

Long Island Psychology and Consulting Services

  • 🥇 Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • 💙 Warm
  • 💡 Solution-oriented

Chanan Davis, LMFT

Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT

Know all the theories, master all the techniques, but as you touch a human soul be just another human soul.” - Carl Jung

  • 🎯 Direct
  • 💙 Warm
  • 🙌 Affirming
  • 🥇 Empowering

Chaya Satt

Therapist, MSc

  • 🎯 Direct
  • 💙 Warm
  • 💡 Solution-oriented

Yitzchok Wagshul, Ph.D.

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, Ph.D

Therapy is a work of heart.

  • 🧘 Calm
  • 💭 Open minded
  • 💙 Warm
  • 👂 Listener

Toby Diamond, LMHC, CASAC-T

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Currently only accepting clients looking for addiction treatment

  • 💭 Open minded
  • 💙 Warm
  • 😃 Humorous
  • 🤝 Collaborative

Strategies for Supporting Jewish Individuals Struggling with Self-Harm and Suicidality

Addressing self-harm and suicidality within the Jewish community requires a multifaceted approach that acknowledges the cultural, spiritual, and social factors that shape the experiences of this population. Effective interventions must honor the unique challenges faced by Jewish individuals and families and offer tailored solutions that address their specific needs.

This may include:

  • Culturally competent mental health professionals who understand the nuances of the Jewish experience and can provide sensitive, holistic care
  • Support groups and community-based resources that foster a sense of belonging and understanding among Jewish individuals and families
  • Educational initiatives that destigmatize self-harm and suicidality within the Jewish community and promote awareness of available resources
  • Integration of traditional Jewish practices and beliefs into mental health treatment and crisis support

By adopting a comprehensive, culturally responsive approach, we can empower Jewish individuals and families to navigate the complexities of self-harm and suicidality with greater resilience, self-compassion, and overall well-being.

Cultivating Holistic Healing and Communal Support

Fostering holistic healing and communal support for Jewish individuals and families struggling with self-harm and suicidality requires a deep understanding of the interplay between mental health, cultural identity, and spiritual beliefs. This involves seeking guidance from professionals who have extensive experience working with the Jewish community and are committed to providing culturally sensitive, integrative care.

Through a combination of evidence-based mental health interventions, community-based resources, and the incorporation of Jewish traditions and practices, Jewish individuals and families can address the multifaceted challenges they face. This can include access to culturally competent support groups, integration of spiritual practices into their care plan, and the cultivation of strong support networks within their community.

By prioritizing the unique needs and experiences of the Jewish community, we can empower Jewish individuals and families to achieve optimal mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This can lead to improved mental health outcomes, enhanced family and community connections, and a greater sense of empowerment and resilience within the Jewish community.

It is important to note that our professionals are experts in their fields, bringing both clinical expertise and a deep understanding of the Jewish experience to their work.

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