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Mental Health Shabbat with Jonny Benjamin MBE

Friday, 31 January, 2020 5 Sh'vat 5780

6:30 PM - 8:30 PMLibrary

Join us for Mental Health Shabbat, which this year falls on Friday 31st January and we will be welcoming Jonny Benjamin MBE, an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger, to speak after our service. At the age of 20, Jonny was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by millions of people.

Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, launched by JAMI in 2017, is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to be more in touch with their own mental health and wellbeing, and to raise awareness of mental health and mental illness in the local and wider community.

It falls annually on Shabbat “Bo”, the weekly Torah portion which tells about the Plague of Darkness. The description of the plague of darkness has particular resonance with mental illness – the darkness was so intense that people couldn’t move from their position. This has parallels with descriptions of mental illness.

Friday 31st January 
6:30pm - Service 
7:15pm - Refreshments and Talk 




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