RE: MIND- Mental Health Initiatives

RE:MIND-a congregational initiative to improve community mental health

RE:MIND is a Center initiative with the goals of:
1) improving literacy, awareness and understanding about individuals and families dealing with mental illness
2) reducing stigma that prevents acceptance and outreach to our congregants and others in our community


RE:MIND, is an evolving initiative in response to implementing recommendations from the 2014 JCCI Mental Health Inquiry.  This is a link to the JCCI Mental Health Inquiry & Summary documents.

 For more information about community events regarding mental health awareness initiatives visit this link.

Key findings of this Inquiry:

  • Mental illness is a biological condition affecting brain and body
  • 20 – 25% of all adults & children in US have a mental illness in a single year; 50% in a lifetime
  • Majority go undiagnosed and/or untreated
  • Persons with mental illness have increased risk of other chronic diseases

Northeast Florida:

  • People with mental illness are stigmatized
  • Shortage of mental health professionals
  • System of care is fragmented
  • Public sector is severely underfunded
  • Mental illness can be effectively treated but not cured


RE:MIND Advisory Group: Ken Sekine, Lois Chepenik, Frieda Saraga, Hilary Rotenberg, Marion Tischler, Beth Shorstein, Rhoda Goldstein, Michael Solloway. Not Shown-Dennis Lafer, Naida Gould, Sylvia Lubliner, Alan Marks, Kim Miller, Jim Richman, Deena Richman, Sharon Rosenblum, Wendy Sapolsky, Lois Tompkins, Shelley Kulchin


The intent of RE:MIND is to link our congregants to educational and event opportunities at the Jacksonville Jewish Center and elsewhere.  This will be a long term initiative that affects congregational acceptance, understanding and kindness toward individuals and families.  

Over time, RE:MIND will focus on five action areas—education, commitment, welcome, support and advocacy.  The first year (fall 2015-spring 2016) will involve education and commitment and future years could extend the Center’s commitment into welcome, support and advocacy.

The educational emphasis is on defining terminology, creating awareness of mental illness symptoms and behaviors, providing resources to learn more and to know where to seek support and/or treatment.  Maintaining confidentiality/ privacy is of great importance to persons who may feel stigmatized.  This endeavor will strive to respect this.

Adult educational opportunities will be offered through programming sponsored by established Center groups.  Youth educational opportunities—for students, teachers and parents—will be offered through Galinsky Academy in conjunction with Jewish Family and Community Services professional services.

The desired outcome from the RE:MIND educational efforts is to neutralize stigma by talking about mental illness like any other physical ailment.  
Contact REMIND JAX at  [email protected], if you are planning a program and want to consider RE:MIND Topical Themes and Speakers/Facilitators. Or, if you want to have a confidential discussion about available resources.