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A psychiatric disease is not someone’s fault nor is a diagnosis meant to be a weapon. Its purpose is not to label, but rather to help.

Rabbi Sandra Cohen
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I was 20 when I learned that my first love had committed suicide. His death shattered me, both mentally and emotionally – but it also saved my life. You see, in the months leading up to his suicide, I had been planning my own.

Kate Kaput
Erlanger family

At 10, Jeff Erlanger appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in his wheelchair. I recently asked Jeff’s parents about how they raised such a competent and loving son.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
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Those of us who use wheelchairs have accepted the idea that we need to find another way to do this, as we are simply unable to assume a standing position. My question, however, is for everyone else.

Matan A. Koch
Sarah Friedman stands at a podium bearing the name NFTY Convention

"Connection doesn’t have to be this huge thing. It can be small things, too, that make just as big of an impact."

Sarah Friedman
Doctors coat with a diagnosis pad reading ADHD

Jewish wisdom says every human being is deserving of dignity and respect – and that certainly holds true whether or not they have a college degree.  

Christo Chaney
Legs, feet, and bicycles of riders in a cycling race

As a teen in 1966, I was diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter (O-S) disease, a ligament inflammation characterized by a painful bump below the knee that worsens with activity.

Jared Goldin
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Mania can be challenging. Normally, it’s fairly easy to act properly and lawfully. But when much of your brain is malfunctioning, it can be difficult, if not impossible.

Juliette Hirt
A shorthaired Rabbi Lynne Landsberg speaking at a podium

Just a few days after the first yahrzeit of my friend and mentor, I can’t help but recall how she influenced my life and the legacy she left behind.

Kate Kaput
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In April 2015, when I was 15 years old, I learned that my grandfather had taken his own life after fighting with anxiety and depression for many years.

Leora Greene

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