Mental Health

Mental Health

We offer various forms of support to caregivers and families who have a member who is mentally ill.  We offer workshops, groups for caregivers, groups for family members with a mentally impaired member, and one-on-one counseling.  For more information, contact the CRS social worker at (646) 454-3180 or

List of Support Resources for Dementia and Alzheimer’s

At Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Shabbat of Wholeness Services

Please watch the calendar for upcoming Shabbat of Wholeness Services. These special services will bring together the themes of healing of body and healing of spirit, expressing our hopes for physical, mental, and spiritual health, for ourselves and those we love. We will share in song and prayer, study and silence. Everyone is welcome.

Psalms Class with Rabbi Jackie Ellenson (Fridays; Check website calendar for exact dates)

The Book of Psalms contains expressions of all human experience and multiple manifestations of the ancient search for God’s presence.  This yearning is no less true for us today, as we too seek to find God in our lives.  Through our continued study of Psalms we will explore the treasure of this literature and discover resources for our journey.  This Friday lunchtime class is a perfect preparation for Shabbat; we will gather for a personal and participatory learning experience, supplemented by poetry and song.  Seekers and learners of all levels are welcome, new and returning students alike.

Coping with Stress: Conversation & Support with Ruth Kobrin, LCSW (Check website calendar for exact dates)

During COVID-19, human needs and vulnerabilities arise amid the loss of certainty and safety with face-to-face connections. Let’s talk with others about coping with life, making connections, and growing emotionally. There is no requirement for continued participation; drop in as needed for one or more group meetings. For more information, contact CRS staff social worker Ruth Kobrin at 646-454-3180, or

Additional Information

All of the clergy at Congregation Rodeph Sholom are also available for counseling or referrals.

For additional resources or a confidential consultation, please contact Congregation Rodeph Sholom Social Worker Ruth Kobrin at 646-454-3180.

If you would like to participate in our Caring Community Committee, please contact

For further information about our Mental Health Initiative or if you are interested in participating, please contact Reina Marin or Shari Steinberg at

Outside of Congregation Rodeph Sholom

M’kom Shalom: A Place of Peace 
A mutual support group via Zoom for those who have lost a close one to Suicide. Co-Facilitated by Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW and Dr. Adena Greenberg, PhD on the Second Wednesday of each month 7:00-8:30 pm EST
Fee: $180 for six months  Scholarships available* Confidentiality protected. Advance Registration required.
For more information and registration, please email:



Free, 24-hour, confidential, multi-lingual, mental health and substance abuse information, referral, and crisis prevention hotline staffed by trained behavioral health professionals.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

AFSP is an organization “dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.”

The Jed Foundation

An organization devoted to raising mental health awareness and preventing suicide and reducing emotional distress among college students.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project’s mission is “to end suicide among LGBT youth by providing lifesaving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.”

If you are considering suicide or need help, you may call the Trevor Project: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).

Mood Disorders Support Group of New York

Mood Disorders Support Group of New York (MDSG-NY) has been helping New Yorkers through weekly support groups at two locations in Manhattan since 1981. We believe everyone has information to share: a coping skill, a success story, a new type of treatment. By sharing experiences and learning from others, we aim to provide a safe environment — free of scrutiny and judgment.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Comprehensive information and resources on mental illness.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro)

NAMI-NYC Metro is a support, education, and advocacy organization for the mental health community that serves families and individuals whose lives are affected by mental illness. It offers a variety of free programs, services and support groups.

The NAMI-NYC Metro Helpline

Information, support, referrals, and resources on mental illnesses, including how to navigate New York City’s mental health system. Calls are confidential and answered by trained family members or mental health consumers.

Telephone: 212.684.3264
Hours: M – Th: 12:00 – 7:00pm, Fridays: 12:00 – 6:00 pm

NAMI-New York State

Information, referrals and educational resources on mental illness. NAMI-NYS ‘s Helpline (1-800-950-3228)

NAMI Faith Net

“NAMI FaithNet is a network composed of members and friends of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). It was established for the purposes of (1) facilitating the development within the Faith Community of a non-threatening, supportive environment for those with serious mental illness and their families, (2) pointing out the value of one’s spirituality in the recovery process from mental illness and the need for spiritual strength for those who are caretakers, (3) educating clergy and congregations concerning the biologic basis and characteristics of mental illness, and (4) encouraging advocacy of the Faith Community to bring about hope and help for all who are affected by mental illness.”

JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others)

135 West 50th Street, 6th Floor · New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 632-4600

JACS is dedicated to: “Encouraging and assisting Jewish alcoholics, chemically dependent persons and their families, friends and associates to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment; Promoting knowledge and understanding of the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency as it involves the Jewish community; and acting as a resource center and information clearinghouse on the effects of alcoholism and drug dependency on Jewish family life.”

Weekly Meeting: Explore Jewish Spirituality through the 12 steps. Every Monday: 6:15- 7:15 p.m.

JACS Office, 135 West 50th Street, 6th Floor. Contact Marilyn P. (212) 255-3712.

Alcoholics Anonymous

For more information or to find a meeting:

Intergroup Association
307 Seventh Avenue 2nd Floor
New York, NEW YORK 10001


Phone: (212)647-1680

Narcotics Anonymous

NYC Al-Anon

“Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups hold weekly meetings for the relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve problems associated with the family disease of alcoholism. We believe the disease affects all members of the family, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.”

For more information or to find a meeting:

The Greater NY Al-Anon Family Intergroup, Inc.
4 W. 43rd, Suite 617 (5/6)
New York, NY 10036

Telephone: 212.941.0094 Fax: 212.941.6119

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

SPARKS: Serving Pre & Post-natal Women and Families With Awareness, Relief,

Knowledge and Support for post-partum depression and related issues.

It Gets Better Project

A resource for LGBT kids and teens, and their family and friends. The mission is to provide hope, support, and role models to young people who may be dealing with bullying and other issues because of their sexuality. The website is intended to provide a place “where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future.”

Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute

Sidran provides resources for coping with the developmental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual injuries that can result when people experience or witness traumatic events, including dissociative disorders and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self-injury, and suicidality.

Bring Change 2 Mind

An organization dedicated to combating stigma, bias and misconceptions surrounding mental illness through a national awareness campaign and access to information and support about mental illness.

Website containing information on different types of therapy, how to find a good therapist, what to expect in therapy and other resources on psychological and emotional healing.

The Treatment Advocacy Center

“The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illnesses. The organization promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.”

For more information on treatment non-compliance and helping loved ones accept treatment, see: Amador, Xavier, PhD. I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment; Bernstein, Elizabeth. “A Way Out of Depression: Coaxing a Loved One in Denial Into Treatment Without Ruining Your Relationship.” 7 Sep. 2010.

Makom: The Center for Meditation at the JCC

334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street

Free daily instructed meditation on the 7th Floor in Makom. JCC membership is not required and no registration is necessary.

Mon–Fri, 7:30–8:30 am; Mon–Thu, 5:45–6:45 pm

For more information on Makom programming contact Susie Kessler at 646.505.5726 or


List of psychiatrists and psychologists, sorted by insurance company and Medicare.

Pandemic Parenting