JFS Perspectives

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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Mental Health Matters: Movements Toward Authenticity

Monday, August 21, 2017
Mental Health Matters: Movements Toward Authenticity

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

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Mental Health Matters: Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Suicide

Friday, June 02, 2017
Mental Health Matters: Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens over 15. It is a significant health issue facing today’s youth, particularly in Colorado, which in 2015 was ranked seventh out of the 50 states for rates of suicide.  

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Mental Health Matters: ACT for Your Life: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Mental Health Matters: ACT for Your Life: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

By Nicole Whitman, Mental Health Specialists social work intern  

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mireille Azzam

Friday, February 17, 2017
Volunteer Spotlight: Mireille Azzam

Many people are looking for ways to lend a hand to refugees. One of our newest volunteers has found a great way to pair her skills and expertise with a fulfilling volunteer role at Jewish Family Service.  

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Mental Health Matters: Mindfulness in Children

Friday, January 13, 2017
Mental Health Matters: Mindfulness in Children

Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve attention and reduce stress, as well as increase one's ability to regulate emotions and feel compassion and empathy. Mindfulness is widely considered an effective psychotherapy treatment for adults, children, and adolescents with aggression, ADHD, and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 

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Refugee Mental Health Department Facilitated Successful Iraqi Women’s Wellness Group

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Refugee Mental Health Department Facilitated Successful Iraqi Women’s Wellness Group

By Kelli Hayes, Refugee Mental Health Administrative Assistant and co-facilitator of the IWW Group   

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My “Superpowers” Energize Service

Friday, December 09, 2016
My “Superpowers” Energize Service

By Tamara L. Weil, AmeriCorps Member, JFS Refugee Mental Health

I think of serving in AmeriCorps as my very own superpower. It evens comes with a uniform, the ubiquitous “A” that I always wear when serving, either as a small, elegant pin or a big, bold patch on a t-shirt or vest that announces: I am an AmeriCorps member and I am here to help.  

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KidSuccess: Promoting Success at School

Thursday, September 01, 2016
KidSuccess: Promoting Success at School

Ashley Elementary School Principal Zach Rahn is on a mission: he is transforming what was once a poorly performing school into an exciting, creative learning environment where kids thrive. Zach and his staff are focused on creating a school community that nurtures the whole child, ensuring that each student receives the tools he or she needs to excel, including academics, socialization, play, art, physical activity, and emotional support.  

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Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Friday, January 08, 2016

  

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