September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. During this month individuals and mental health organizations across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention. In honor of this month, JSSA is adding our voice to remind our neighbors that suicide can be prevented. Suicide prevention work has never been more critical […]

My father was 93 years old when he died in November of 2007. He had served in the American Army during World War II in Normandy and the Argonne Forest. His Army Division liberated the Buchenwald Camp. Afterward, he earned a master’s degree in social work and a law degree from The George Washington University. […]

Tips for talking to children about anti-Semitism

The recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict has resulted in a significant uptick of threats of violence, expressions of bigotry, and antisemitism across the nation. These reports have raised anxiety and concerns about safety among Jewish families across our area. If you are struggling with how to talk to your kids about anti-Semitism, we can help.  There are […]

Recently, JSSA hosted our annual Community Impact Fund event – Turn the Tide on Mental Health Stigma. During the event, several people shared their stories of hope and perseverance, and how they helped break the stigma associated with seeking help for mental health challenges. We hope you are inspired to share your story and #BeAVoice […]

JSSA is strongly supportive of diversity, equality, and inclusiveness of all people — regardless of religion, sexual orientation, or any other factor. JSSA joins with the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate the ideals and principles of Pride Month by providing a variety of relevant resources and information for the community and a listing of opportunities to […]

by Valerie Hernandez, JSSA Social Worker   We’ve been in a pandemic for over a year, and talking about mental health is now more crucial than ever. Mental health has always been important; however, for many people, the implications of the pandemic have had a big impact on their mental well-being. This is understandable. We […]

By: Artishia Dasher, Ph.D.   Bipolar! Schizophrenic! Depressed! You went to see a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, professional counselor, etc., and they informed you that you have a mental health diagnosis.  Now what! What do you do?  Do you do anything at all?  It is essential first to recognize that this is not your fault.  You did […]

Everyone has struggled in big and small ways over the last year as we navigate social isolation, children and parents working from home, and the grief we feel for all that has been lost over the past year.  JSSA is here to support you. The following valuable articles and tips can help you build a […]

By Byron Banks Growing up with a mental health diagnosis, you must learn very quickly that you may perceive things differently than most. In some cases, an extra dose of empathy is needed as opposed to sympathy. Someone dealing with depression may have difficulty finding pleasure in some things that an average person would jump […]

By: Tera German, LCSW-C   “I can’t sleep because my mind is racing.” “I’m constantly worried.” “I’m on edge all the time and totally exhausted.” These statements are commonly heard from someone who is experiencing anxiety.  Anxiety is a normal protective factor our bodies have developed over millions of years, telling us to be cautious […]

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