Crying Out For Help

Almost 1 in 4 adults, and 1 in 5 teens, experience a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. No one is immune from mental illness and/or addiction issues.  

As Jews, we recognize that mental illness, including addiction issues, has many roots:  biological, chemical, developmental, psychological, and psycho-social.  No one is to blame for being mentally ill.  In our prayers for healing, we pray for a רפאה שלמה, a complete healing:  a healing of body and a healing of soul.  Surely, all people, no matter our challenges, deserve both.

Resources are Available to Help!!

National Suicide Hotline

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness website with resources
  • NAMI HelpLine in Colorado: Contact by email or phone 303.321.3104 or visit

SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

  • SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.
  • SAMHSA’s vision is to provide leadership and resources – programs, policies, information and data, funding, and personnel in order to advance mental and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

  • Report anything that concerns you, your family, your friends, your community: call 1.877.524.7233

Colorado Crisis Services  

Jewish Family Service of Colorado

The Trevor Project 

  • Crisis intervention and education for LGBTQ youth: go to or text “START” to 678678

LGBTQ Help Center

  • Serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning community by providing free & confidential peer-support and local resources: Support – Affirmation – Respect – Acceptance
  • LGBTQ hotline: 888-843-4564
  • LGBTQ Youth Hotline: 800-246-7743
  • LGBTQ Senior Hotline: 888-234-7243

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


CO Department of Human Services – Office of Behavioral Health

Areivim Taskforce Denver

Remember: Your local rabbi — whether or not you belong to a synagogue — is just a phone call away!

  • While a rabbi does not take the place of a therapist or psychiatrist (unless so trained), he or she can be a source of spiritual support and a lifeline to resources in your community.
  • A rabbi can also connect you to a community, and, more specifically, to the chesed/caring committee of the synagogue, who might offer assistance in things such as meals, laundry, and company at services or visits when you are feeling isolated.

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