UMatter is a program focused on empowering teens to shatter the stigmas surrounding mental health challenges and suicide. It operates within the Friendship Circle family and is led by Teen Director Rabbi Yarden Blumstein. After recognizing a need for a larger discussion about mental health in the Detroit community, Friendship Circle created a teen advisory board to work on projects that would go on to create an atmosphere of inclusion within the community.
Safe TALK Training
SafeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness, through LivingWorks. This training allows participants to recognize when a person is having thoughts of suicide and how they can connect them with resources that can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training. Find out how you can sign up for a SafeTALK training.
UMatter High School Weeks
The UMatter Week is a program that was initiated in high schools. It is a week long campaign that focuses on spreading the message that each individual matters. It consists of teacher TEDTalks, hall decorations, an essay contest, a speaker on the topic of mental health, SafeTALK trainings, and more. Click here to learn more on information on how to get your school involved.
What's new at UMatter?
Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety announces $750K grant to Friendship Circle of Michigan
The Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety announced a 15-year, $750,000 grant to the...
West Bloomfield High celebrates life during U-Matter Week
West Bloomfield High School recently held its fourth annual U-Matter Week the week of Nov. 11....
UMatter Teen Fact-Finding Mission
UMatter Teens traveled throughout Metro Detroit to learn more about mental health issues that are...
What’s Wrong? MENTAL HEALTH & Teens
UMatter focuses specifically on teens that are struggling. Under the guidance of Rabbi Yarden...