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  • My mother's suicide [Personal Essay]

My mother’s suicide [Personal Essay]

June 20th, 2018|Comments Off on My mother’s suicide [Personal Essay]

For years, intermittently, I could feel the tight band cutting into my wrist. When it did, it hurt. As time passed, when it would loosen, I could wake in the mornings and go for days without feeling the burden of wearing it. But an event here, a word there, could bring it all back — and the colorless band would tighten, tugging at my heart more than stressing a wrist or any other part of my body.

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How can you recognize and prevent suicide?

June 20th, 2018|Comments Off on How can you recognize and prevent suicide?

With the recent spate of celebrity suicides — fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain — and the recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that suicide rates in the United States have risen sharply over the past 20 years (half of all states saw a more than 30 percent rise), it’s a good time to ask ourselves if there’s a better way to recognize symptoms and do something before it’s too late.

  • The day the future died

The day the future died

June 12th, 2018|Comments Off on The day the future died

Psychotherapy team seeks bereaved parents who will help them test a new method of treatment. While the loss of any loved one is a tragedy, parents having to bury their children - at whatever age - is probably the most devastating. It is something for which no one can prepare, and unnatural, since the deceased were those they gave life to and who were supposed to have carried on their name to the next generation. Yet, especially in Israel, it is quite common due to terror attacks (130 children 18 and under killed in the past five years), war and, of course, accidents at home and on the roads.

  • A how-to on comforting a grieving parent from someone who knows

A how-to on comforting a grieving parent from someone who knows

June 12th, 2018|Comments Off on A how-to on comforting a grieving parent from someone who knows

My family lost our beloved son and brother, Eric Eliezer Levenson (z”l), in February 2016. He took his own life at the age of 28 after 14 years of suffering from severe depression.

  • How to Help Save the Mentally Ill From Themselves

How to Help Save the Mentally Ill From Themselves

June 12th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Help Save the Mentally Ill From Themselves

MY older son, Matthew Ornstein, died at age 34 on Jan. 3 from carbon monoxide poisoning. It was accidental — he fell asleep in a tent with a propane lantern — but his death was shaped by a lack of judgment driven by a 10-year struggle with mental illness.

  • Center for Mental Health Law

Statement from the Judge David L. Bazlon Center for Mental Health Law

January 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Statement from the Judge David L. Bazlon Center for Mental Health Law

JFS has been engaged in raising awareness and promoting change related to the stigma around mental illness for many years.  We are choosing to post this statement from the Judge David L. Bazlon Center for Mental Health Law at this moment because of the clarity with which it addresses this very issue.   The language currently being used in the media perpetuates the false assumptions and misinformation that lead to stigma, a paralyzing force in the proper treatment for individuals and their families who deal with the issues surrounding mental illness.  JFS is grateful that the Bazlon Center is there to provide the vigilance necessary in the ongoing effort toward removing stigma and providing more treatment opportunities.

– Joy Kaplan, JFS Board President

Counseling Guide for Suicide Prevention

December 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Counseling Guide for Suicide Prevention

Suicide statistics can be alarming. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that an average of 112 Americans commit suicide every day, and it is the second most prevalent cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. The thoughts that lead someone to want to end their life can feel debilitating and hopeless, but suicide is preventable. If you notice signs of suicidal behavior in someone, you can take steps to prevent a needless death. Someone showing these behaviors can feel better if they get counseling. People working in the social work profession have special training that enables them to help people see that there are alternatives to suicide.

Response to ‘suicide epidemic’ Community logs 600-plus hours of mental health training

May 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Response to ‘suicide epidemic’ Community logs 600-plus hours of mental health training

At this time last year, Greater Houston’s Jewish community was beginning to come to terms with the fact that its young adult population was suffering from a “suicide epidemic.” As many as nine Jewish Houstonians, all under the age of 36, had died by suicide over the course of a year-and-a-half.

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5 Distorted Thought Patterns and How to Change Them

May 15th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 Distorted Thought Patterns and How to Change Them

Life is all about how you think. Success or failure, however you define them, will only amplify your thought processes, especially unhealthy patterns of thinking.

Anxiety at Work

May 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Anxiety at Work

Getting a handle on your worries at work.

‘Just Show Up’: Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who’s Grieving

May 9th, 2017|Comments Off on ‘Just Show Up’: Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who’s Grieving

Two years ago, life was good for Sheryl Sandberg. The Facebook senior executive and mother of two had a best-selling book (Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead) and she and her husband, Dave Goldberg, decided to take a vacation. But on that vacation, Goldberg collapsed at the gym from heart failure and died. He was 47 years old.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Empathy

May 9th, 2017|Comments Off on 6 Things You Need to Know About Empathy

Empathy. It’s the bedrock of intimacy and close connection; in its absence, relationships remain emotionally shallow, defined largely by mutual interests or shared activities.