Mental Health Awareness

HP-PIC-green-ribbonTouro Synagogue seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues and offer guidance and support to members and their families coping with mental health issues, addiction, recovery or the challenges faced by caregivers. Our community rejects the stigma society places on mental illness and addiction and encourages those suffering in silence — whether personally or as a caregiver — to know that you are not alone.

Touro is here with you. Many in our congregation know your personal pain.

Rabbi Berk, Rabbi Silverman, and our congregational leaders are dedicated to helping those suffering with mental illness, depression, anxiety, bipolar conditions, substance or alcohol addiction, postpartum depression or any other mental health issue get the pastoral care and medical attention they deserve.

All conversations will be completely confidential.

Please contact Rabbi Berk or Rabbi Silverman at 504-895-4843 or by email at or to set up an appointment or to get in touch with qualified health care providers.


Also, you may find help and support from the following services and programs:

Jewish Family Service of New Orleans – Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) is a social service agency dedicated to preserving, strengthening, and enhancing the well-being and self-sufficiency of individuals and families at every stage of life.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – NAMI New Orleans offers hope, help, and healing to people with mental illness – and to those who share their lives – through family support, education and advocacy, and quality psychosocial services. Touro’s Mental Health Awareness Committee has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide services for our congregants struggling with their own or a loved one’s mental health condition. Please visit NAMI’s site to view their calendar of support group meetings.

Addictionary – a free web-based resource hub that strives to provide the most up-to-date information and available treatment services across the nation
Alcoholics Anonymous
– Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Al-Anon – For families supporting alcoholics and recovering alcoholics – A web resource provided by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). ARS is an integrated behavioral health care management organization dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues – A dedicated team of seasoned mental health professionals, professional writers, and website developers, who collaborates in a face-to-face environment to ensure our information is current and accurate
Metropolitan Crisis Response Team – Provides telephone and face-to-face triage, assessment, and intervention for persons experiencing mental health or substance abuse crises. 24/7 clinical staff used to prevent unnecessary mental health hospitalizations and instead link consumers to community based services that better address their needs. – Provides information for Addiction Recovery Centers in New Orleans and its nearby cities – Provides information on New Orleans Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facilities
Via Link 211 – Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK or dial 2-1-1 for Louisiana Crisis helpline