Lori Prashker-Thomas

Why Mental Health Awareness Matters Every Day

Let's Talk About Mental Health - This design was created on on May 3, 2024. It is copyrighted by Lori Prashker-Thomas/ShadowCatcher Photography (Paid Subscription)
Let's Talk About Mental Health - This design was created on on May 3, 2024. It is copyrighted by Lori Prashker-Thomas/ShadowCatcher Photography (Paid Subscription)

As Mental Health Awareness Month unfolds, it’s imperative to recognize that these conversations shouldn’t be confined to a single month. They’re crucial year-round. This May, let’s delve into the significance of ongoing dialogue surrounding mental health and how insights from Parsha Acharei Mot shed light on this essential topic.

Parsha Acharei Mot, meaning “After the Death of,” addresses the aftermath of tragedy, emphasizing the importance of healing and moving forward. In the Jewish tradition, moments of mourning are recognized, but the emphasis remains on the journey toward renewal and restoration.

Similarly, mental health struggles are often accompanied by feelings of grief, loss, and despair. However, just as Parsha Acharei Mot encourages progression beyond tragedy, so too does the discussion of mental health advocate for resilience, hope, and recovery.

Throughout the Torah, there’s an emphasis on community and support. The importance of reaching out to others in times of need is underscored repeatedly. This principle aligns with the fundamental message of Mental Health Awareness Month: fostering understanding, compassion, and support for those struggling with mental health challenges.

By integrating mental health discussions into our year-round dialogue, we reinforce the message that seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous step toward healing. Parsha Acharei Mot teaches us that healing is possible, even after the darkest of times, and the same holds true for mental health journeys.

Let’s honor Mental Health Awareness Month by committing to ongoing conversations about mental wellness, providing support and resources for those in need, and fostering a community of compassion and understanding.

May we all find strength, comfort, and renewal as we navigate the complexities of mental health together.

About the Author
Lori Prashker-Thomas has always been a creative soul and a free spirit and never thought “author” would be on her resume. Lori is the author of "From Mistakes To Miracles: A Jewish Birthmother’s Story of Redemption, Hope, and Healing," which was released in October of 2022. Lori is also a legal secretary and Paralegal for 20+ years. She is also Co-Owner and Photographer at ShadowCatcher Photography, LLC, with her husband, Michael, Owner and Wedding Officiant of Ceremonies by Lori, and a speaker/writer/ advocate, focusing mainly on being a Jewish Birthmother and the stigma associated with adoption. She is also a proud board member of the NEPA Pride Project. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and close circle of friends and being a Bubbe to her granddaughter. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, Michael, and the love of her life, Michael.
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