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J-RVA Inclusion Task Force offers mental health workshop for Jewish community professionals


The J-RVA Disability Inclusion Task Force spearheaded by Friendship Circle in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond is thrilled to offer a series of workshops and trainings on a variety of mental health topics specifically geared for Jewish community professionals and their lay leadership.

In 2020, the Taskforce hosted an inclusive community Havdalah during February, JDAIM – Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, which was attended by over 100 community members.

This year, due to the mental health concerns that have arisen due to the pandemic, the Taskforce is focusing on mental health which according to the Americans with Disability act, falls under the category of a disability, and how we can empower our Jewish community leaders to better support our Jewish community members.

During February, the Active Listening workshop, was led by two professionals from the University of Pennsylvania – Leigh Ioffe, a certified suicide prevention trainer, and Rabbi Ephraim Levin, director of the Lubavitch House at the University of Pennsylvania and founder and staff advisor for Cogwell, a college active listening club.

Upcoming workshops include:

Suicide Prevention & Postvention on Tuesday, March 9, at noon – 2 p.m. This 2- hour program will help professionals to recognize when people are struggling with thoughts of suicide and how to connect them to a mental health resource.

Additionally, this postvention training will give community leaders the tools needed to identify this unique bereavement when a suicide occurs and how to support them.

Understanding Mental Health Symptoms & Ways to Help on Monday, March 22, at noon – 1 p.m.  In partnership with JFS of Houston, in this 1-hour workshop, community leaders will gain knowledge of and reduce stigma of common mental health conditions and be able recognize signs and symptoms of those facing mental health challenges.

If your organization would like to participate or if you have questions, please contact us at 804-740-2000 or info@friendshipcirclev.org.

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