• Safety Not Stigma

    Adolescent Mental Health Education

  • How do we provide mental health support

    to our youth during COVID-19?


    We are seeing unprecedented numbers of suicide and mental health concerns in our youth. The stress, fear and uncertainty created by COVID-19 may worsen existing mental health problems among children and adolescents. Safety Not Stigma programs help reframe the way we look at adolescent mental health and offer key tips for parents, families, organizations and communities to support their youth during this crisis.


    It's time we talked about mental health.


  • Safety Not Stigma

    Adolescent Mental Health Education


    Mental Health Intro

    Adolescent Mental Health Literacy

    Adolescence is a common time when mental health issues emerge. This workshop will help you get tuned into mental health disorders and their potential warning signs. The objective of adolescent mental health literacy is to understand, identify and properly respond to our kids' emotional experiences.


    Topics covered include:

    • Adolescent development
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Recognizing warning signs
    • Early intervention
    • Effective models of communication
    • Suicide awareness and prevention
    • Decreasing stigma

    Can We Talk?

    OARS Communication

    It's crucial to know how to talk about mental health with our kids. When we have a good understanding of their emotional experience, we can decide together how best to support them. With the use of the OARS Communication model we learn a step-by-step process for building good communication with your teens.


    Topics covered include:

    • Normalizing conversation about mental health
    • Empathy through reflective listening
    • Avoiding argument and direct confrontation 
    • Adjusting to resistance rather than opposing it directly

    Building Resiliency

    The 7 C's of Resilience

    Resilience is a necessary skill to process and overcome hardship. When we cultivate resilience in our youth, we are cultivating it in ourselves as well. This workshop will explain the 7 C's resilience model by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a leading pediatrician in the field of building resilience in children and adolescents.


    Topics covered include:

    • Tips for isolation
    • Controlling impulses
    • Keeping an optimistic outlook
    • Encouraging flexible thinking
    • Strategies for mental wellness 
    • Supporting self-efficacy
    • Building inner strength

    Support Specialist

    Individual Sessions

    As an Adolescent Mental Health Support Specialist, I provide hope, help, education and resources to improve the lives of those experiencing mental health challenges. Support specialists are individuals who have “lived experience” and assist others with similar challenges.


    Use the contact form below for a free 15 minute consultation.




    The above Safety Not Stigma workshops can be taken as a series or separately.

    Use the contact form below to schedule a workshop

    for yourself or your organization.


    Pricing upon request.

  • Contact Bella Feldman

    If you are interested in scheduling a Safety Not Stigma workshop or a private consultation,

    please get in touch by sending an email in the form below.

    Ashland, OR, USA
    By Appointment Only
  • About Bella Feldman

    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. Bella has been working with teens and their families throughout the course of her career.


    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 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.