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JSSA’s Community Impact Fund Event – Turn the Tide on Mental Health Stigma

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 […]

LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Resources

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 […]

Strategies to Deal with Difficult Times

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 […]

You Are Not Your Diagnosis, and Your Diagnosis is Not You

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 […]

Useful Tips & Articles About Mental Health

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 […]

Empathy Instead of Sympathy

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 […]

Helpful Tools to Manage Your Anxiety

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 […]

Seven Tips for Managing Your Mental Health During a Global Pandemic

Written by: Rene Laje, Ph.D., LCSW-C, LICSW Life has changed radically since March 2020. One week we were comfortably sitting in our offices and eating at restaurants, and the next week, we were in “lock-down” and unsure about the health and safety of ourselves and our family and friends. The abrupt changes and frantic adjustments […]

Yom Hashoah Panel Discussion – In Case You Missed It!

On April 8, people around the world commemorated Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day. On Yom HaShoah, we honor the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust and the survivors and liberators among us. As the years pass and survivors of the Holocaust continue to age, JSSA is committed to providing critical care and support […]

What is Mental Health Literacy, and Why is it Important?

You have heard about it on the news – the number of people struggling with mental health issues is at an all-time high due to the pandemic. While many people are reaching out, many more are suffering in silence. Maybe it is the stigma of seeing a therapist or admitting you can’t handle the problem […]

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