The Focus on Teen Wellness is a foundational part of the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative (LAJTI). Research findings consistently demonstrate that stress is a pervasive element in teens’ lives for a multitude of reasons. We believe that our work through the LAJTI would not be successful without a critical and deep focus on Teen Wellness. Through a Jewish lens, the LAJTI Focus on Teen Wellness works to bring mental health to the forefront of our communal consciousness. Through wellness conferences, parent workshops, educator training’s, community book reads and more, we offer parents and educators opportunities to discover how our Jewish community can provide resources and relationships to help our teens find balance, joy and meaning in their lives.
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT TEEN WELLNESS
Counseling and Mental Health Access
When it comes to mental health, one’s therapist has to be a good fit and that usually takes research and preliminary conversations. While the Jewish Federation doesn’t make recommendations, we can suggest exploring the resources below for access to therapy for children, teens and adults with sliding scale payments.
Jewish Family Service: Professional JFS therapists provide counseling and support for adults, children, and families dealing with a wide range of issues. Services include one-on-one counseling and psychotherapy, consultation and referral, parent education, support groups, workshops on a variety of topics and collaboration with synagogues and other Jewish institutions.
Vista Del Mar: Offers a range of counseling and support services for families with sliding scale fees and tele-counseling.
Southern California Counseling Center: Offers free intake session, sliding scale fees and tele-counseling.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Westside Los Angeles–Resources and Virtual Support Groups for families.
Mental Health Apps
Apps to help with Mental Health recommended for children and teens from Common Sense Media
ADAA Reviewed Mental Health Apps – Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (hrsa.gov) helps locate community-based centers, many of which provide telehealth counseling – National Crisis Text line: Text CRISIS to 741741
Caring for our Teens Mental Health: Recommended Articles & Websites
Guide to Generalized Anxiety Disorder from Child Mind Institute
A Guide to Childhood and Teen Depression from Child Mind Institute
Four Things to Do Every Day for your Mental Health from Greater Good Science Center
What to do (and not to do) When Children are Anxious from Child Mind Institute
How to Avoid Passing Anxiety onto your Kids from Child Mind Institute
Extra Support During Covid-19
Coping with Fatigue and Fear During a Crisis--from Harvard Business Review
Support for Kids with ADHD During Coronavirus–from Child Mind Institute
Wellbeing & Resilience
Yale’s Famous Undergraduate Course on The Science of Wellbeing–Free on Coursera!
Focus on Teen Wellness in the News
Being a teenager isn’t easy. Being a parent isn’t easy. Being part of a supportive community to help navigate those challenges? This makes everything a bit easier.
LAJTI has made teen wellness a priority by curating meaningful workshops for parents throughout Los Angeles. We engage in conversations with Jewish educators, spiritual leaders, and teens themselves to find out which topics are most important to address. From internet safety, to mindfulness and building self-esteem, these workshops help parents and teens communicate, and tackle these issues together.
We invite you to attend one of the many teen wellness workshops we offer. You’ll hear from professionals on issues relating to the emotional, social, spiritual, and physical well-being of today’s teens in LA. To find out about future workshops, please email us at the address below.
PAST PARENT WORKSHOP RESOURCES
Positive Parenting Practices for Teen Anxiety and Depression
Monday, March 30, 2020
Our Federation is staying on top of our community’s short- and long-term challenges connected to this crisis. We are here with you and ready and prepared to get through it together.
In this unprecedented time of social distancing, it’s even harder to know how to help when we sense our teens are anxious or depressed. In this insightful, and practical Zoom workshop, led by Jocelyn Meza, Ph.D. and Tamar Kodish, M.A. from The Youth Stress and Mood Program at UCLA, parents will learn to distinguish between typical teen behaviors and feelings and clinical symptoms of anxiety and depression. We will explore together how to use positive, strengths-based approaches to better communicate with our teens, how to support our teens in managing their feelings, and ways to utilize Jewish values to complement positive parenting.
COMMUNITY PARENT CHATS
The LAJTI Focus on Teen Wellness is excited to introduce a new program under our Focus on Teen Wellness. The Community Parent Chats (CPC) program is organizing micro-communities for parents of teens in different neighborhoods across Los Angeles, focusing on teen wellness.
These intimate communities will meet several times over the course of the academic year in a host family’s home for meaningful discussion. Each group will be initially supported by a trained facilitator who will provide relevant resources (e.g., articles, videos, Jewish texts, etc.), and offer meaningful discussion questions designed to spark spirited dialogue, sharing and create community. We look forward to these groups creating connections and community, along with meaningful Jewish learning moments!
Please contact us at LAJTI@JewishLA.org to learn about a micro-community near you.
If you have any questions or comments or want to get more involved, please be in touch with us at LAJTI@JewishLA.org.