When Mrs. Shaina Rosenfeld got up to speak in a confident, determined tone at this year’s Kinus Hashluchos, no one could have guessed that she was about to reveal the surprising truth about her personal experience with mental illness.
A personal admission of that magnitude is surely not an easy task, or a pleasant one. But Mrs. Rosenfeld is convinced that it was an important one. “I asked to speak tonight,” she said.
As topics of concern to our communities are one-by-one knocked off the “taboo”-list, we find ourselves in a better place to accept, support and care for the myriads of people who are suffering in otherwise unspeakable challenges. If people are able to speak frankly about their situations, then we are finally able to help them. If we start the conversation about mental health, and keep it going, we can change lives for the better. There will be no more shame in taking medication or going to therapy. We will better understand our sister, friend or neighbor who is going through a tough time. We can recognize the symptoms and help point ourselves and others in the right direction.
Junior N’shei of Crown Heights has never been known to shy away from these difficult topics. They were the first to publicly discuss Postpartum Depression, or PPD and numerous other challenging topics pertaining to wives and mothers. Therefore, their upcoming event, “State of my Mind” will host Mrs. Rosenfeld herself for a frank discussion about anxiety and general depression. Since her speech at the Kinus, she has been in demand to share her story with more people. The women of Crown Heights are privileged to have the opportunity to hear from her directly.
The statistics are strong. It is nearly guaranteed that someone you know is struggling with a hidden mental illness. But if Mrs. Rosenfeld has her way, they won’t have to be quiet about it anymore.
Let’s make this event a communal show of love and support for ourselves and each other and get rid of these stigmas once and for all by showing up on Tuesday, 1 Sivan, June 7 at Lubavitcher Yeshiva at 8:00.
Women will enjoy a delicious cheese tasting by natural kosher, a yogurt bar and hot drinks. They will indulge themselves by participating in an auction specifically for them. $5 a ticket or $30 for all 9 tickets) does not include grand prize- $400 gift certificate to Kirsh Jewelers.
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