About We Need to Talk

We Need to Talk is…

A community-wide initiative, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, focused on raising awareness about youth mental illness, and providing tools and resources for those in need of care. This program and website is for teens and other young people, parents and family members, teachers and other professionals. By bringing this issue into the light – and telling our stories – we can lift the stigma associated with mental health challenges and begin to address the problems we face as a community.

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If you are in need of assistance:

Please contact one of Jewish Detroit’s mental health service providers:

Friendship Circle (www.friendshipcircle.org)
Friendship Circle’s UMATTER initiative includes a peer-to-peer mental health program to help teens overcome stigma and other obstacles related to mental health. UMATTER offers suicide awareness and prevention training, mental health education, support group programming, and community events, amongst other programs.
• Contact: Rabbi Yarden Blumstein – yarden@friendshipcircle.org / 248-895-4850

Jewish Family Service (www.jfsdetroit.org)
Jewish Family Service provides a myriad of vital social services that include mental health and wellness services, too. Their offerings for youth include suicide awareness and prevention training, counseling and psychiatric evaluation.
• Contact: Erica Saum, LMSW – esaum@jfsdetroit.org / 248-592-2664

Kadima (www.kadimacenter.org)
Kadima provides comprehensive residential, therapeutic and social services to all people with mental health needs as they move forward in their lives. With a primary focus on serving people with serious and persistent mental health challenges, Kadima has a broad continuum of supported housing options and wraparound services to help people move toward independence.
• Contact: Jean Nemenzik, LMSW – jeann@kadimacenter.org / 248-663-4346

For more information about We Need to Talk, contact Amy Wayne at 248-203-1483 or email awayne@jfmd.org.