May is National Mental Health Awareness Month!
Support your teen’s mental wellness during COVID-19
Now, more than ever, it's important to remember that there is no health without mental health. 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 and half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age 14. Safety Not Stigma Programs teach participants strategies to build resilience and how to recognize and understand emotional distress and utilize the most effective ways to address these issues.
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.
Safety Not Stigma
This workshop will teach you how to foster resiliency in both yourself and your child. It will also help you identify, understand and respond to your child's emotional experience during this crisis.
Topics covered include:
Emotional First Aid, Can We Talk?
This workshop encourages youth to share safely and openly about their mental health experiences during this period of isolation. It will teach also them valuable coping skills.
Topics covered include:
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.
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Price: $18 per person
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.