Jewish Family Service begins community talks about youth and mental health

In collaboration with local agency Rise Recovery, Jewish Family Service will host the second in a series of community talks on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the University of Incarnate Word. The workshop, called The ‘WE’ in Family Wellness – Conversations and Mental Health Resources for Today’s Parents and Caregivers, will begin with keynote speaker, Jeffrey C. Arndt, President & CEO of VIA Metropolitan Transit. Arndt will be discussing the impact of mental health concerns on his family. The afternoon will wrap-up with a series of round robin breakout sessions.

Experts will be discussing the signs and stages, as well as resources, for common mental and behavioral health issues that today’s youth may experience. By introducing the dialogue, we hope to eliminate the shame, stigma, and guilt that may be associated with these topics, and provide the tools and empowerment to address them.

The second half of the day will give parents an opportunity to visit with various agencies and engage with health care professionals about challenges including trauma, stigmatizing mental health, a pediatrician’s perspective on where to begin, and more. Parents will leave knowing how to approach these conversations with their kids and be provided with an abundance of resources to review and refer back to.

Additional partnering agencies include Communities in Schools, Eating Recovery Center, Family Service Association, NAMI San Antonio, and Dr. Grizelda Anguiano with MindWorks.

The event is $7 and open to the public. Register at www.jfs-sa.org/partnerevents or by calling (210) 302-6954.