JFS Perspectives

Girls Friendship Group Helps Prevent Bullying

Monday, October 15, 2018
Girls Friendship Group Helps Prevent Bullying

Did you know that JFS provides free mental health services to students and their families in schools? KidSuccess is a program that puts trained therapists work in 11 Denver public schools and one private school. One of the many issues our therapists address is bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we want to highlight how KidSuccess therapist Dana Polley successfully helped a group of fifth-grade girls. 

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Bullying in the Schools

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, more than 160,000 students miss school each day due to fears of being bullied. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. It can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. 

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Nutrition and Its Impact on Mental Health in Children

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Nutrition and Its Impact on Mental Health in Children

It’s undeniable there is a connection between a well-balanced meal and mental health. This is especially true for young people. Research found that poorer mental health outcomes in adolescents aged 13 to 15 were associated with a diet consisting of processed and refined foods, fast food, and high levels of sugar. Better mental health outcomes were found in those who had a higher intake of fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables. 

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Thamer Abdullah: Making His Way in America

Monday, June 18, 2018

Witnessing a suicide bomber commit his final act of terror was the last straw for Thamer Abdullah. That his 12-year-old son also saw the horrific act made it that much worse. It was then that he decided to leave his native Iraq with his family and move to Syria in hopes of securing a better and safer life.  

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JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Thursday, May 03, 2018
JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Dawn CollinsDawn Collins
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Arabic-speaking Women’s Group Brings Hope Through Story

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

“I have ownership of my own life story—that means I have the choice to change it and make it better.”
JFS’s recent Arabic-speaking Women’s Wellness Group, facilitated by the Refugee Mental Health program, was a smashing success due in large part to the courage of the women who participated. The long and challenging 18-inch journey from their heads to their hearts directly correlated with their long and arduous journeys from Iraq and Syria to Colorado.  

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International KidSuccess: Helping Refugee Kids Succeed in School—and Life

Friday, March 02, 2018
International KidSuccess: Helping Refugee Kids Succeed in School—and Life

Imagine you’re 14 years old and you’ve spent the last seven years of your life in a refugee camp in Syria after escaping from your home country of Iraq. You hear gunfire and bombs daily. You have no access to books, school, work, or any kind of entertainment. You lost your father in the Iraqi war and your younger brother was shot and killed in crossfire. You’ve witnessed the deaths of two good friends and your cousin. You and your mother live in fear every day and have been waiting for the last five years to be approved for refugee status and the opportunity of a better life in the United States. 

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Acclaimed Denver Author Helen Thorpe Visits JFS

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Acclaimed Denver Author Helen Thorpe Visits JFS

A group of approximately 50 JFS staff and community members were spellbound by renowned Denver author Helen Thorpe as she offered highlights of her new book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom at a lunch-n-learn recently hosted by JFS.  

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Bereavement Support Group Begins January 24

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Bereavement Support Group Begins January 24

Rafael Spiritual Healing Services, a program of Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists and the Jewish Community Chaplaincy, is offering a bereavement group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The group will run on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., beginning January 24 through March 14 at Jewish Family Service, 3201 South Tamarac Drive in Denver. Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all eight sessions. The cost is $200. Arrangements can be made for those unable to pay. 

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Mental Health Matters: An Inside Look at Refugee Mental Health

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Mental Health Matters: An Inside Look at Refugee Mental Health

About the Refugee Mental Health Department: There is no such thing as a “typical day” for the Refugee Mental Health team. We work with men, women, and children from more than 15 countries including Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Bhutan, and Somalia. Our clients’ needs are equally as diverse. Many clients, particularly those who have only recently arrived in the United States, are facing challenges adjusting to their new lives. In a new country, everyday tasks like reading the mail or taking the bus can be a challenge, much less learning a new language and finding a job. On top of concerns about meeting basic needs, they often struggle with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Our team works to meet these individuals on their level and provide them with support to help them progress and thrive. 

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