NYC Religious Groups Increase Focus on Mental Health Treatment

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The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services serves people of all religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, but their program Jewish Community Services is specifically for the city’s Jewish population.

Director of Jewish Community Services Jonathan Katz said a religious approach supplements secular methodologies in mental health services. Their program integrates essential mental health and social services with faith.

“A religious approach adds the ideas of values, morals and traditions that contribute to good mental health,” said Katz.

According to Katz, mental health is about enjoying life, participating in community and managing feelings.

“We’re talking about both rewards and responsibilities, how to connect with other people in a constructive way,” he said.a

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