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Caring Circle

Vision
Members of Shir Ami will feel known, accepted, and safe.
 
Mission
To support members of Shir Ami in times of Life’s challenges such as illness (physical or mental), death, divorce, and birth. We do this by providing short-term assistance such as visits, phone calls, meals, cards, rides to Shir Ami activities, and coordinating Shiva or memorial minyans.
 
If you or someone you know in the congregation is ill, recovering from surgery, had a death or birth in the family, please let us know.  The first step is to contact Rabbi Reice at rreice@shir-ami.com to let her know what is happening and the best way to contact you.

Mental Health Resources

Like most, you may be worried, sad, or angry about the recent events in Israel.  There may be some among us with friends and family in Israel.  Are you struggling with feelings and trying to deal with the emotions on their own?  Do you wish you had help navigating things?  Where can you look for help?  The Caring Circle has organized a list of places to start.  In addition to professional help, please remember the support system you may have right in front of you at Shir Ami.  You may also reach out to family & friends, the Caring Circle Committee, spiritual leaders and doctors.  Check out these additional resources offered through Jewish Family Services at Shalom Austin and the Mental Health Resource List.

If you are seeking assistance, community groups or mental health professionals
can offer relief and comfort

https://988lifeline.org/
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers phone numbers and resources for individuals in distress.
Users can call 1-800-273-8255 for support 24/7. Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing 988 will also route calls
to the lifeline.

https://www.crisistextline.org/
Crisis Text Line enables users to text “HOME” to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor for free, 24/7
support.

Mindfulness Bell App

The Mindful Reminders and Timer rings a beautiful Tibetan Singing Bowl at a specified interval, or random intervals, throughout the day.  The sound of these beautiful bells can help bring you back to your true center, and back into the present moment.  Simply set the times that you want to hear the bell and tap Start. You can then exit the app and the bells will continue to ring throughout the scheduled time period. 

https://www.nami.org/help
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a list of organizations and helplines for various
mental health concerns, including anxiety, schizophrenia and suicide prevention. The site also includes
resources for financial assistance, legal advocacy and community support.

https://healgrief.org/
HealGrief offers programs and various resources for those suffering from grief and depression caused by
grief.

Shir Laves, Energy Healer, offers healing therapies through massage (including Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy, Body Mind Balancing and Jin Shin Do Acupressure).  Other techniques to address issues of emotional and physical pain include energy work, tapping techniques and Reiki healing.  Contact Shir at shir.laves@gmail.com or 512-914-9050.

https://www.headspace.com/
Headspace is a mobile app that offers valuable information on how to reduce stress, be more active and
sleep better.


SpotifyPlaylist-GuidedMeditation
Positive Magazine created a Spotify playlist of guided meditations designed to help with stress and
anxiety.

https://breethe.com/
Breethe is an app that shows listeners ways to replace stressful thoughts with relaxing and happy
thoughts.

Hubspot.com/PositiveAttitudeBlog
HubSpot suggests 10 ways to maintain a daily positive attitude even in stressful situations.

The American Institute of Stress
The American Institute of Stress describes the connection between anxiety and insomnia and advises
readers on managing stress to sleep better.
Other-Mental-Health-Resources

Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service provides one-on-one counseling with a therapist as well as support
groups for those who want to connect with others sharing similar experiences.

https://shalomaustin.org/jfs/

Request Counseling Services Here
Jewish Family Service Ongoing Programs:
Calm & Connection
- Understand anxiety
- Lean on others for support
- Learn anxiety management tools
Mondays 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Dell JCC
For Matt for information and to register:
(512) 735-8120 | matt.smith@shalomaustin.org

Grief & Loss
Grief has a tendency to take over the narrative. Join JFS clinicians and participants who have
experienced grief, as we talk about and explore how to continue writing your story. This is a
space to learn about the impact of grief on our bodies and minds, to share about how grief
and loss are impacting us, and to connect with others who may share pieces of our
experience.

Wednesdays 6:30PM – 8PM | Dell JCC
Contact Maura for more information and to register:
(512) 735-8120 | maura.kinney@shalomaustin.org

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