Half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age 14
We are seeing unprecedented numbers of suicide and mental health concerns in our youth. One out of every five adolescents experiences a mental health disorder each year. Safety Not Stigma Programs teach participants how to recognize and understand emotional distress and utilize the most effective ways to address these issues. Through education we begin to heal the stigma and replace it with awareness and compassion.
It's time we talked about mental health.
Safety Not Stigma
Adolescent Mental Health Education
Through the Darkness Into the Light
Bella shares a mother’s journey through mental illness and how her faith sustained her. She uses song and her son's poetry to convey a moving story of grief and loss that led her to a place of strength.
Bella raised two children with serious mental health disorders. In 2016, her 20-year-old son, Avi, was killed by another young man suffering with mental illness. Since this tragedy Bella has turned her attention toward bringing adolescent mental health education and awareness to others.
Bella's powerful message of hope and resilience inspires those who hear her story to find comfort in community and speaking openly about mental health concerns.
Adult & Youth Workshops
Mental Health Literacy
Emotional First Aid. Can We Talk?
Soothe the Soul
Music has the power to quiet the mind and soothe the soul. It helps reduce anxiety and stress promoting emotional stability.
Join with Bella as she leads call and response chants accompanied by an ancient wind instrument referred to as the voice of the angels.
Bella weaves enchanting melodies and exquisite ritual in a unique song session that will rejuvenate and uplift your spirit.
She will take you on a meditative journey
of embodied spirituality to restore a sense of well-being.
Bella’s soothing voice will draw you into a state of peacefulness and calm.
The above elements of The Safety Not Stigma Program are flexible and can be customized to your community's needs. Contact Bella directly to create the right program for your group. Pricing upon request.
Bella Feldman is a Cantor and Jewish Educator with more than 30 years experience. Her concern and empathy for youth led her to take a number of roles with their families. She is a leader and advocate in the value of experiential education which she brings to her Safety Not Stigma Program.
Bella is a graduate of the Mental Health First Aid ™ program, ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) and NAMI's (National Alliance of Mental Health) Family to Family education program. She has been involved with local and national chapters of NAMI for several years. Bella is trained in Non-violent Communication, Youth Mentoring, Zegg Forum Facilitation, and is a skilled practitioner of the OARS Communication Model.
Bella began her professional career in Las Vegas, NV at Congregation Ner Tamid as a Cantor and Youth Group Director. She then moved to Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, OR where she served as Cantor and Educator. Later, she worked as a Program Manager and Circle Facilitator with a youth mentoring organization in Ashland where she currently lives. Bella has been working with teens and their families throughout the course of her career.
Bella has taken a new direction and is passionate about raising adolescent mental health awareness through literacy programs. She hopes to support both teens and adults by speaking openly about her family's struggle with mental illness and providing informative experiential workshops.
Key Concepts of Mental Health Literacy
Awareness. The more awareness we have about adolescent mental health, the more compassion we have for our children who are struggling.
Compassion. The more compassion we have for them and for ourselves, the deeper connection we have to their experience.
Connection. The deeper the connection to their experience, the better able we are to communicate with them and be helpful.
Communication. The better communication skills we have, the more we build cooperation and trust.
Choice. The more trust we have, the better able we are to become partners in choosing the most appropriate path for their well-being.