Winnipeg Jewish Review  
Site Search:
Home  |  Archives  |  Contact Us
Features Local Israel Next Generation Arts/Op-Eds Editorial/Letters Links Obituary/In Memoriam

Tali Aziza Robinson Helps Diminish the Stigma of “Mental Health” at Limmud 2017

by Rhonda Prepes,Feb 15, 2017

Mental health is an issue that affects about 1 in 4 Canadians making the concern both pressing and personal for all of us.


Tali Aziza Robinson will present Employing Spirituality and Jewish Values for Mental Health at Limmud on Sunday March 5, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. This session will provide an overview of selected mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders and will examine the connection between mental health and Jewish spirituality.


Tali explains how she recognized that there is a connection between mental health and Jewish values and spirituality, “When I was in my early twenties I began learning with some Jewish leaders in Toronto. Through that process, I began to think about the connection between spirituality and anxiety and was intrigued by the benefit of faith for mental health.”


“I believe that as Jewish people we have a unique opportunity to utilize the foundation of our religion and our faith as a support for mental health. Spirituality has been seen to decrease anxiety, depression, and feelings of stress.” 


“I believe strongly in meeting an individual where they are at. For example, if someone is not a spiritual person than I would never push that on them. However, if that spirituality is there, I believe it is a disservice to the client to not make use of it. Every person is different and no two cases warrant the exact same protocol or approach, but when there is room to make use of someone's belief system as a support, I see it is an amazing opportunity.” 


Tali is a Holistic Nutritionist working in the field of eating disorders and has a Master’s degree in Social Work. She recently started a new job working at a Jewish Day School as a School Counsellor.


She explains, “I feel very grateful to be working in an environment that lends to the exploration of how spirituality exists in the world of mental health. I feel so fortunate to be able to spend my days working with children and helping support them in their school environment. The fact that as a social worker, I get to spend my days interacting with people, connecting with others and hearing their stories is such a blessing. 


“I often tell the students I work with that my job is to make sure that everyone at school is happy and has a great day. For the young kids especially, I find that resonates positively.”


“I feel so fortunate to be able to work in the area of children's mental health in a time where the meaning behind the words “mental health” is shifting. I am entering the field at a time where the understanding that mental health is important and real is beginning to be approached differently and it is very exciting to be able to take part in working towards diminishing mental health stigma.” 

<<Previous Article       Next Article >>
Subscribe to the Winnipeg Jewish Review
  • RBC
  • Fillmore Riley
  • Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
  • Gray Academy
  • Bernstein's Deli
  • Sobey's
  • Saper Agencies
  • Tradesman Mechanical
  • Joyce Rykiss
  • Bramer Automotive Centre
  • Superlite
  • Miller's Meats
  • Esther and Sid Halpern
  • Stephen N. Rosenfield
  • Kromar Printing
  • Winter's Collision Repair
  • JACS
  • Daniel Friedman and Rob Dalgliesh
  • Atlas Window Cleaning
  • Shirley and Bob Freedman
  • GTP
  • Allan Davies
  • Mobile Denture Services
  • More Than Bikes
  • John Russell Honey
  • Glendale Golf & Country Club
  • Ann's Flowers
  • Cascade Financial Group Inc.
  • John Bucklaschuk
  • Tyler Bucklaschuk
  • Eddie's Gravel Supply Ltd.
  • Country Boy Restaurant
  • Jewish Foundation of Manitoba
  • Lipkin Family
  • Erickson Motors Ltd.
  • Silver Family
  • Aziza Family
  • Lazar Family
  • Dr. Marshall Stitz
  • Winnipeg Drapery
  • Horizon Storage
  • Johnees
  • Rady JCC
  • Chochy's
  • Simkin Centre
  • Dr. Ted and Harriet Lyons
  • Ron Polinsky
  • Stoller Family
  • Artista Homes
  • Southwynn Homes Ltd.
  • Jim Gauthier
  • Canadian Magen David Adom
  • D'Arcy & Deacon
  • Beyond Flowers
  • Sorrento's
  • HUB International
  • Meyer Rypp
  • Thorvaldson Care Center
  • Imperial Soal
  • Western Scrap Metals Inc.
  • Matthew Ostrove
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Accurate Lawn & Garden
  • Bonaventure Travel Inc.
  • Luxury Corporate Cruises
  • Gary Levine Ortho
  • Orthodox Union
  • Fetching Style
  • Gray Academy
  • JCFS
  • Astroid Management
  • Munroe Pharmacy
  • MidWest Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Hill Sokalski Walsh Olson
  • Ron Gall
  • TD Bank
  • John Orlikow
  • Myrna Dreidger
  • Steven Fletcher
  • Ross Eadie
  • Clif Graydon
  • Lofchick Family
  • Cavalier Candies
  • City Sheet Metal
  • Total Lighting Sales
  • Broadway Law Group
  • Piston Ring
  • Pitblado
  • Ambassador Mechanical L.P.
  • Holiday Inn
  • Peerless Garments
  • Bridges for Peace
  • Rosemarie Peart
  • Nikos
  • Accurate Lawn
  • Paradise Restaurant
  • Stella's
  • Santa Lucia Pizza
  • Boys Town
  • Sarel Canada
  • Bare Body Sugaring
  • Roofco Winnipeg Roofing
  • Center for Near East Policy Research
  • MDR Investments
  • Eston Industries
  • McNeill Media
  • Esthetics by Irena
  • Nachum Bedein
Rhonda Spivak, Editor

Publisher: Spivak's Jewish Review Ltd.

Opinions expressed in letters to the editor or articles by contributing writers are not necessarily endorsed by Winnipeg Jewish Review.