Teen + Young Adult Mental Health Initiative

Group TYA
Teen group photo

The JCC is thrilled to have launched the Teen + Young Adult Mental Health Initiative in Fall 2022. This Initiative is dedicated to supporting the mental wellness of our community’s teens and young adults through specialty programming, events, and services offered throughout the year.

And if you are or know a teen, young adult or family of a young person struggling with mental health concerns Naomi Skop Richter, LCSW is available for consultation to help you connect to an appropriate referral. Reach out to Naomi Skop Richter atnskoprichter@mmjccm.org.

Fall 2023 Programs 

Registration is now open!

Creativity as an Outlet: Expressive Artmaking (Ages 10-13, 14-18)

Exploring the I’s Drama Workshop:Imagination, Inspiration,Interconnection Drama Group (Ages 14-18)

Pilates4ADHD (Ages 10-13)

Teen Life Coalition Advocacy Group (Ages 14-18)

JoyFul Journeys: Yoga For Teens (Ages 14-18)

In Case You Missed it:  

Supporting Youth Mental Health: Challenges, Resilience, and Growth
During the two-day conference, over 100 mental health professionals, youth professionals, educators, summer camp professionals, parents, teens, and young adults gathered at the JCC to talk about this often taboo subject and learn together. Conference presenters shared concrete tools for identifying those who are struggling and skills for intervening across many settings. Most importantly, they shared messages of hope. Participants even got to “play” through yoga, art, drama, and embodied movement practices, and thought about applying those modalities to the teens in their life.

We’re pleased to share select conference sessions with you: 
Learning with Youth: Resilience Strategies with Dr. Deborah Gilboa
Panel Discussion: Cultivating Selfhood + Community as Mental Wellness Supports

These programs are generously subsidized by the Teen + Young Adult Mental Health Initiative. To find out more, contact Naomi Skop Richter at nskoprichter@mmjccm.org

National + Local Emergency Crisis Services:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call or Text 988 (For U.S.)

Crisis Text Line
Text “Home” to 741741 

Trevor Project (crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.)
1-866-488-7386 (TrevorLifeline)
Text START to 678678 (TrevorText)

Mobile Crisis Unit: 888-692-9355
Local Child Protective Services: (800) 342-3720
Local Jewish Family Services: 212-632-4790