Processing the trauma caused by COVID-19 is bringing increased awareness to the importance of mental health care. In the past pandemic year, Jewish Family Services (JFS) has seen a 50 percent increase in the number of counseling sessions. We have responded by providing more resources and information with a focus on preventive initiatives.
During May – Mental Health Awareness Month – JFS is increasing its commitment to mental health care by sharing additional information and activities. JFS special efforts include distributing wellness videos and articles and hosting community discussions and a special event.
Each week, JFS will have a different theme:
- May 2-9: Mental Health is Public Health;
- May 9-14: Systemic Inequities in Mental Health;
- May 16-22: Making Space for Others’ Mental Health Needs, and
- May 23-31: Making Space for Your Mental Health Needs.
In addition, JFS has launched Well Focused: A Video Wellness Library. The library offers mental health prevention and educational videos with topics ranging from meditation, grief and parenting. Original videos are regularly created to address the evolving needs of our clients and community.
JFS Mental Health Month activities include:
Wednesday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. Mental Health is Public Health: Learn and Learn on Facebook Live com/jfskc. An informal look at the latest research, data and realities of mental health in our community and across the nation.
Thursday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. -Sneak Peek – PBS: Mysteries of Mental Illness on Facebook Live com/jfskc. An exclusive sneak peek screening and discussion hosted by JFS and the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition on Facebook at facebook.com/jfskc. Clips from the four-part series to be broadcast in June will be shown followed by discussion. Episodes include: Evil or Illness?, What’s Normal?, The Rise and Fall of the Asylum, and The New Frontiers.
Wednesday, May 26, Noon -12:45 p.m.: Making Space for YOUR Mental Health: Lunch & Learn on Facebook Live com/jfskc. Your Mental Health is just as important as your physical health and must be a priority. Join JFS and Erik https://www.facebook.com/jfskc/Hulse, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher at the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, who will guide participants through his Loving Kindness program to help establish routines and habits to strengthen mental health.
Follow JFS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @jfskc for updates throughout the month about resources and information about mental health.
About Mental Awareness Health Month and JFS Services
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Although there has been progress in the education, reduction of stigma and access to services for mental illness, there is still a great deal more work to do.
As a comprehensive human service agency, JFS is committed to strengthening the mental health of the Kansas City community by supporting people facing challenges in everyday life or times of crisis-regardless of faith, age, culture or lifestyle by providing services.
JFS services are available, accessible and affordable. JFS professional counselors, licensed social workers and therapists provide individual and group counseling for children, families and adults, and in-home counseling for homebound older adults. In addition, YouBeYou, a youth mental health and wellness program, provides education, resources and mental health support to school communities through a variety of services and offers information and resources at youbeyou.us.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, call JFS Navigator at (913) 327-8250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All services are by appointment. For an emergency situation, call 911.