To be a resource for families navigating their children's mental health challenges and build supportive school and synagogue communities. We help to identify resources and build supportive communities by connecting families and increasing awareness in schools and the synagogue community.
The Jewish Mental Health BLOG explores Judaism's connection to mental health. Reflections on mental health and Jewish holidays, traditions and Torah concepts help to inspire families that are coping with uncertain times.
MESSAGE FROM LISA ZIV
As a mother with two children struggling with depression and anxiety, I understand the complicated dilemmas and decisions that parents of children with mental illness face. I know what it means to be strong for my kids and take care of things at work and home. I know how hard it is to be a caretaker for someone with an invisible disease. I understand the desire to keep it private for the sake of the child and the fear of judgement from those that think this is somehow poor parenting or a lack of strength in the child.
Even on the most difficult days, I always believed things would get better. And, I had faith that this is all in G-d's hands. Still, sometimes I needed someone to hold my hand. Now that things are better, I want to help other families to connect to resources and provide support to get to a better place. On those rough days when I didn't know what to do, I was fortunate to have a support group -- trusted people that listened and helped me think through options and figure out the next step.
I am passionate about helping others to figure out how to support families and their communities. I am not a clinician, mental health provider, or professional Jewish educator. My perspective on so many things is filtered through my family’s mental health challenges.
I have a Master in Business Administration and advise organizations on operations, strategic planning, and financial performance. I have taught at universities in Maryland and New York. I live in Baltimore, MD, with my husband, three amazing teenagers, and an adorable dog.