Breaking The Stigma: Friendship Circle to begin Teen Mental Health Program

Friendship Circle is excited to announce that the Jewish Fund has awarded a  $6,000 grant to the Friendship Circle to begin the “Breaking the Stigma” series.

The Friendship Circle of Michigan is beginning to implement a new program designed to educate, build awareness of and remove the stigma from mental health issues. Led by Teen Volunteer Coordinator and Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House Spiritual Coordinator Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, the program will feature a Teen Education Series, culminating in a speaking event for participants and their parents, and with a notable expert on mental health issues being featured. Among the potential speakers is Kevin Briggs, who has worked at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, where he witnessed and prevented suicides.

The program is designed with the general public in mind, and advocates education on mental health issues. Teens can gain tools to help themselves and others. Rabbi Blumstein said that while Friendship Circle’s Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House already provides some support for teens in crisis, a renewed emphasis on the importance of mental and emotional well-being of the community is badly needed.

An advisory board made up of local teenagers has been established and will be led by Rabbi Blumstein. The program is expected to be up and running by January 2017.

About The Jewish Fund

The Jewish FundThe Jewish Fund was established in 1997 from the sale proceeds of Sinai Hospital to the Detroit Medical Center. Sinai Hospital was a Jewish community funded facility that grew into one of metropolitan Detroit’s top health care institutions. As a legacy of Sinai Hospital, The Jewish Fund continues the tradition of assuring excellent and compassionate care for those in need in Metropolitan Detroit by awarding grants to help vulnerable individuals improve their health and human condition.

For media inquiries, please contact Melanie Barnett at [email protected].
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