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So Healthy Together is a community-wide initiative to address mental health needs that touch us all.

The VBS "So Healthy Together" initiative was launched in fall 2018 as issues surrounding Mental Health and Wellness became more public and prevalent.

Mental illness affects one out of every five adults in the United States. We at Valley Beth Shalom are touched by this disease as well. We launched "So Healthy Together" to address the causes of mental illness and to form a strong VBS community to give support and healing to those who are in need.

Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched us all. The fear, isolation and  disruption have left so many of us exhausted and depressed. So much has been lost; so many lives, so many jobs, so much time we should have been together, so many special moments that should have been. Each loss takes a toll. COVID-19 isn’t just a disease of the body. It has infected our souls.

We are here to help. VBS has always been a place for you to turn when you need support and help. Today, that is more true than ever. Please – if you, a member of your family, a friend, or someone close is suffering unrelenting sadness, depression or anxiety, please come for help. Don’t ignore this.  PLEASE reach out. We care and we are here to help. You are not alone. Below you will find a list of resources available to help you and to help support your loved ones. 

  • The VBS Counseling Center: A place to come and receive help. There is always someone on call. Call (818) 784-1414. 

For help with Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement or Relationship Counseling.

  • Article from the L.A. Times:

For some of us, returning to pre-COVID life is turning out to be harder than we expected by Deborah Netburn

  • Coping With Stress: Click here for resources to manage stress and anxiety amidst COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Acute Crisis and Substance Abuse:

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
    • Crisis Text Line offers advice and referrals for anyone who feels that they’re experiencing a crisis. This can include drug and alcohol dependency, suicidal impulses, family problems, and other personal difficulties. To access the Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741 any time, day or night.
    • The National Drug Helpline is open to any individual dealing with addiction issues, including family members and other loved ones. Resources are available for those struggling with any addictive substance, including alcohol, and professionals are available to help 24/7/365 at 1-844-289-0879.
  • For Individuals and Families with Developmental Disabilities:

    • Disability Voices United offers webinars and town halls on important issues regarding social, emotional and pandemic-related challenges.
  • Guides from HELP.ORG

A community organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from substance abuse addiction with tools and resources to start their personal journey toward recovery.

Helping Others

Watch Now: Coping Strategies to Build Resilience During the Pandemic

Presented by pediatrician Dr. David Epstein

Click here to watch the video in a new webpage


Watch Now: "Unwinding Anxiety"

New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind with Dr. Judson Brewer, PhD, internationally known thought leader in the field of habit change and the "science of self-mastery." Presented by The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA. Click here to watch >

For Families with Young Children:

For Teens and Young Adults:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Resources
  • Teen Talk App: Support for Teens by Teens
  • VBS Counseling Center Support Group for young adults 19-26. For meeting information, please call 818-784-1414.

For Adult Caregivers to Elderly Parents: 

  • Family Caregiver Alliance: California Resource List
  • VBS Counseling Center Caregivers Support Group: A place to share the trials and rewards of taking care of a loved one. Led by Eileen Sudeck, LCSW, and Marcie Howard. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 12:30-2:00pm. For more information and to set up an interview, call 818-784-1414.

The VBS Counseling Center

Where there is HELP, there is HOPE

Non-denominational, independent, non-profit, low fee Mental Health Counseling Center

View our Counseling Center Video

Visit the VBS Counseling Center Website

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