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After having seven episodes of psychosis and Bipolar I over the course of five years, Zahava List finally got through five years without a single episode. During those five years, she started an organization called Chazkeinu, which offers a support group to Jewish women and their families who are dealing with mental illness.

Prior to her most recent manic episode, Zahava was scheduled to be a returning guest of the show, but the most severe manic episode of her life delayed plans. While manic, she made unsafe decisions that led her to seek hospitalization, and attempted to act on suicidal thoughts for the first time while in the hospital. Although she was absent from partaking of the Rosh Hashanah Holiday with her family, she had a strong support system, and her loved ones support her unconditionally, love her and believed she could heal. She did not have complete success with medication and therapy and underwent electric convulsion therapy.

Zahava’s children were aware of and dealt with her manic episode. She speaks with them about her illness in casual conversation in their house. It’s not hush-hush; it’s not a mystery to them; they are not feeling frightened, alone, and unsure about it because their parents have explained it at their age level and do not try to keep it a secret. Zahava knows there is hope for her to heal from her most recent bout of illness, get her memory back, and to continue making an impact in the lives of women struggling with mental illness and their families.

As we all know, sharing can help others. We are here to support each other and to learn from each other. In mental health, Together is better.

If you need more support in your mental health journey please reach out to us in our private Facebook group. We also offer free 30-minute fitting calls for our coaching program. You do not have to walk through your mental health struggle alone. Because as always, together is better!

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As we enter the holiday season, Matana rediscovers her year, recounting the blessing of having experienced a year devoted to gratitude. She highlights how she chose to be in the moments that are phenomenal, chose to highlight the gratitude moments and chose to live with an open, grateful heart.

She shares how we can all invite miracles to our lives by focusing on the constant practice of gratitude, and coming to peace with things that didn’t go our way.

A key strategy she shares is how she decided to undertake starting and ending the day with a smile, despite the challenges of that day, the hurt, pain or disappointment, and focus on gratitude, which allowed her to see miracles throughout the year.

Matana introduces us to her “Gift of Light” special program, where she offers her listeners the option of working with her 1 on 1, over 8 sessions. This offer only has a small amount of slots open and is available for a limited time. The program is custom tailored to each individual and she will share her tools and techniques on topics she has implemented, such as gratitude, forgiveness, positive mindset and self love.

Link: Gift Of Light program

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Connect with Zahava:

Website: chazkeinu.org
Facebook: Chazkeinu
Instagram: @Chazkeinu 
Email: info@chazkeinu.org
Phone: 314-346-7414

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Quotes

  • “There was a part of me that was completely out of reality. I was running around through the streets; I was doing all sorts of things, but then, there was also another part of me that was saying, like, Zahava, you’ve gotta get help. Now.” @ZahavaList #HopetoRecharge
  • “I wouldn’t choose to have a manic episode that I need to go through ECT treatment. But because I do have it, I am grateful that I have options that can help me.” @ZahavaList @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
  • “HOPE: Hold on; Pain Ends.” @ZahavaList #HopetoRecharge
  • “Healing is… For me, it means putting a program in place for me so that when I go into psychosis, I’ll be able to get treatment right away.” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
  • “Just because people are giving to us doesn’t mean that we are not worthy to give to ourselves.” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge

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Topics Discussed

  • Psychosis in Bipolar I
  • Seeking hospitalization during a manic episode
  • The necessity of support, belief in healing, and gratefulness
  • Electric Convulsion Therapy
  • Communicating with children about their parents’ mental illness

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If you need more support in your mental health journey please reach out to us in our private Facebook group. We also offer free 30-minute fitting calls for our coaching program. You do not have to walk through your mental health struggle alone. Because as always, together is better!

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