The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

One Thing I Wish You Knew

A Mental Health Awareness Event for Teens and Those Who Care for Them

Sunday, January 13, 4 p.m.

The event includes candid narratives from local young adults affected by mental illness, a panel discussion with leading mental health experts, and a community resource fair.

 

(Sarasota-Manatee) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Chabad of Sarasota-Manatee present “One Thing I Wish You Knew: A Mental Health Awareness Event for Teens and Those Who Care for Them,” Sunday, January 13, 4 p.m., at the Beatrice Friedman Theatre on The Larry Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. This free event features candid narratives from local young adults affected by mental illness, a panel discussion with leading mental health experts, and a community resource fair. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required at jfedsrq.org/onething. For more information, contact Ella Steinmetz at 941-928-2220.

“I think this event is a great way to gather as a community and finally talk about a topic that is usually dismissed,” says Tayla Rosenthal, the Federation’s Shapiro Teen Engagement Program (STEP) Fellow, who has been working closely with Ella Steinmetz, the teen director at Chabad of Sarasota-Manatee on this program. “Ending the stigma of mental illness has the potential to save so many lives, and the first step is to bring up the conversation”

The panel discussion will include Karen Lord, JFCS supervisor of clinical services; Stacy Greeter, child psychiatrist; Amy Weinberger, founder/education director of The Thinking Center; Lt. Richie Schwieterman of the Sarasota Police Department; and Sheryl Isaac, a parent. Hallie Peilet, a SNN news anchor, is the moderator.

Community organizations will also be on-hand to offer information and resources. They include the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, The Thinking Center, Sarasota Police Department, NAMI Sarasota County, Coastal Behavioral Health, Compeer, Brandi’s Wish, and the Crisis Text Line.

Marlene M Hauck, the director of development for Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, says her organization is pleased to participate. “It’s important to educate the community about mental health—that it is not a weakness but a brain disorder and that there are children in our community who are struggling. The only way to erase the stigma is to bring mental health disorders into the light.”

 

About Chabad of Sarasota:

Chabad of Sarasota’s mission is to enhance the Jewish community of Sarasota by reaching out to every Jew, regardless of affiliation, through promotion of Jewish pride and education. Chabad strives to provide unconditional love, inclusivity, and support, as well as spiritual and material needs for the community with unconditional love and care. For more information, call 941-925-0770 or visit www.sarasotachabad.com.

 

About The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.