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Depression SOS for Teens & Parents

Depression SOS for Teens & Parents

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

More Details

  • Type: Workshop
  • Audience: Day School Parents, Day School Students, Grades 8-12, Talmud Torah Parents, Talmud Torah Upper Grades
  • Membership: Required
  • Registration: Required
  • Topic: Health, Jewish Values, Social Outreach

The teen years are marked by a roller coaster of emotions and can be difficult for teens, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil. Depression is now occurring at a much earlier age, and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates double.

To proactively address this issue, and in response to recent local teen suicides, B’nai Israel Congregation is offering a special program for all teens in grades 8-12 with a parent on Tuesday, January 23.

The evening will begin with dinner and the program will follow. Facilitators include Moshe Ben-Lev, Education Director, Ellen Levin, LCSW-C, LICSW and Roberta Drucker, LCSW-C both from the Jewish Social Service Agency.

Our goals are:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression.
  • To train students in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in a friend.
  • To impress upon them that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.
  • To reinforce the view that Judaism places a high emphasis on rachamanut (compassion for those in pain) and kehillah (community), where teens can openly express themselves without stigma, fear of labeling, or negativity.
  • To show that B’nai Israel Congregation is their safe place-their community that supports, nurtures, and counsels those who walk through its doors.

As this is a highly sensitive topic, teens must be accompanied by at least one parent and a completed consent form is required.

To RSVP for the dinner and to get a copy of the Consent form, please contact Leydi in the Education Office (301-816-5576, leydi@bnaiisraelcong.org).

Organized by: Moshe Ben-Lev

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