JFCS Leaders Urge Legislators to Expand Mental Health Support 
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There is overwhelming evidence that today’s youth are facing a mental health crisis. A recent ACLU survey found that 45% of California students feel depressed, while CDC data shows that mental health-related emergency room visits are up 31% for people aged 12 – 17. It is clear why the American Academy of Pediatrics has declared children’s mental health a national emergency and clear too that action needs to be taken. As a leading provider of mental health services, JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth (CCY) is witnessing this crisis firsthand. The obvious need for action inspired CCY’s experienced advocacy team… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 23, 2022
JFCS Tackles the Youth Mental Health Crisis: From Teletherapy to Educator Training
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  • Center for Children and Youth
  • Stories & Testimonials
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When Amelia, age 12, started expressing anxiety about her social status, her mother, Dana, became concerned. Amelia felt that everyone had more friends, more fun, and better life than hers. All based on what she saw on social media. Dana knew she needed help after her daughter began to present a fake life in her social media posts. Amelia refused to go to a therapist’s office, but was amenable when JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth (CCY) told her teletherapy was an option. The preteen is now making headway with managing her social anxiety. Experts at CCY report that anxiety… Read More

Posted by Admin on March 9, 2022
JFCS’ Mental Health Services Expand as Depression and Anxiety Double During the Pandemic
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  • Center for Children and Youth
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Ryan had been struggling academically and socially since the beginning of the pandemic. He had looked forward to high school. Now he was spending his first year of high school online, without opportunities to make friends. Academically, Ryan had difficulty with remote learning and continually lost focus, which quickly led to him falling behind. Ryan’s confidence plummeted as he ended the school year with a C average, having been a straight-A student. The teen became withdrawn and severely depressed. Ryan is not alone. This month US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, issued a public health advisory on the mental health challenges… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 20, 2021
Mental Health Services for All Ages Expand at JFCS
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Susan was sandwiched by family mental health issues. Her father, Mike, had suffered from depression his entire life and now at age 78, was experiencing early signs of dementia. At the same time, Susan’s 12-year-old daughter, Georgia, started to display some concerning behaviors—she wasn’t sleeping, she felt unable to eat, and she started isolating herself from her friends. Susan was overwhelmed by worry as she tried to help her father and daughter through their symptoms, and began to feel alone and hopeless. A friend suggested that Susan reach out to JFCS to talk to a therapist about her stress. When… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 16, 2021
From Seven to Seventy-Seven, JFCS’ Mental Health Services Support the Whole Family
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  • Center for Children and Youth
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • Seniors
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Two Stories of Hope and Healing Seven-year-old Maddie didn’t leave her house for an entire year during the pandemic. While her classmates returned to school, Maddie continued learning remotely and recently, everything from schoolwork to getting dressed in the morning has become a painful power struggle with her parents. Anxiety is running high—even though Maddie’s parents are vaccinated against COVID-19 now, the family feel afraid to leave their home. Stephanie Agnew, Interim Director of Parents Place at JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth, is hearing from many children and parents who are suffering from anxiety as life begins to… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2021
The Pandemic’s Impact on Mental Health
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Everyone will have a story one day about what changed for them during the pandemic. For David*, almost everything has changed. David’s business has had to close due to the pandemic, and he doesn’t know when he will earn an income again. On top of this, David is going through a difficult divorce, and is suffering from the lack of connection he now has with his two children. Feeling hopeless and alone, David confided in a friend that he wasn’t sure if he wanted go on living. Knowing about JFCS’ teletherapy services for people of all ages, David’s friend immediately… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 18, 2020
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