Category: Mental Health

News Headlines Getting You Down? Here’s How You Can Cope

To say the least, 2020 thus far has been chaotic, uncertain, and stressful. From the COVID-19 pandemic to politics to current social issues, reading and watching the news can make it seem like the state of the world is in a downward spiral. Our lives have all been impacted in ways we never anticipated. Continuous […]

How to Celebrate Father’s Day Without Dad

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. […]

Parenting and Managing Online Learning During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a shift in the family system, as many parents find themselves wearing the hat of a homeschool teacher in addition to working from home and maintaining their household responsibilities. While this extra time spent together offers bonding opportunities, it also poses challenges for parents who need to manage their children’s […]

Managing Depression and Anxiety During the Pandemic

These difficult and unprecedented times posed by the coronavirus pandemic have increased the stress levels of people worldwide. For some, the uncertainty surrounding this global crisis can lead to significant anxiety. For others, the unintended effects of social distancing or isolating yourself from others, such as loneliness, increased financial pressure, or loss of routine can […]

Discussing Alarming Current Events with Your Children

When frightening events occur, children need guidance and support as they try to process what they’re hearing and seeing around them and on the news. For parents who feel unequipped to manage their child’s concerns or questions during scary times like this, the following tips may help you feel more confident addressing these types of […]

Learning to Recognize and Support an Anxious Child

Anxiety is a natural response to ambiguity in life, even in childhood and adolescence. And while a bit of anxiety has been shown to be helpful in encouraging motivation, many children and teens experience an unhealthy level of anxiety. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports that anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. For […]

6 Ways to Set Limits on Your Child’s Use of Electronics

Summer often means less daily structure and more screen time. While research has found that electronics can engage children in beneficial ways, many parents worry that video games and television are taking over their kids’ lives. When electronics prevent your child from learning, socializing, and developing other critical skills, it may be time to put some […]

JSSA Mental Health Clinician: Talk to Your Kids About Depression and Suicide

Following the suicides at the end of last year of two local teens, Heidi Cohen, LCSW-C, participated in a community-wide interfaith event to discuss the stigma surrounding depression. Afterward, she was interviewed by Kol HaBirah for an article about supporting teens struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Providing Care at All Stages of Life

At JSSA we empower our clients to overcome the obstacles they are facing in their lives. What sets us apart from other social service agencies in the Greater Washington metropolitan area? One difference is our ability to provide assistance to individuals and families at all stages of life, including 78-year-old Ruth and her 53-year-old daughter, […]

When Enough is Enough: Balancing Your Child’s Extracurriculars

Between sports programs, scout meetings, music lessons, and art classes, our children have fuller schedules than we ever did at their age — and that’s not even including play dates and homework. So why do we keep our kids so busy with extracurriculars? When our children truly love an activity, we want to help nurture […]

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