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Lunch & Learn: Mental Health

Saturday, January 13, 2024 3 Sh'vat 5784

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMZoom or In Person (Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos)

Please join for a presentation of the 2021 documentary Beit R’fuah (House of Healing), the mental health support group formed by members of Beth Am. A 30-minute video will be shown at the beginning of the event, so please try to arrive on time. After the video, Congergation Shir Hadash's Rabbi Nico will kick off the discussion by sharing some Jewish texts related to mental illness.

Attendees will learn how Beth Am congregants responded to a need for mental health-friendly, stigma-free spaces. Resources from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be available.

A discussion will follow featuring panelists Sharon Roth and Beth Am member Dr. Carol Irwin who co-founded Beit R’fuah in 2006. She is the Executive Producer of the film Beit R’fuah (House of Healing) and continues to co-facilitate the group. Her extensive background in health and education includes her leadership on the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Commission, the California Traumatic Brain Injury State Board, and as past Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) local affiliate SCC. Dr. Irwin holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic.

Sharon Roth is a member of Shir Hadash. She has worked in leadership and educational roles, advocating for adequate and appropriate mental health services locally and throughout the state. She was instrumental in the development of Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), a partnership of law enforcement, county health services, mental health advocates, and mental health consumers. She held local and state board positions with NAMI. Sharon is a Registered Nurse/Public Health Nurse who has taught at universities and health care systems.

Please register to participate.

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