Mental health month blog

You Are Not Alone—JFS is Here to Support You!

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve all been focused on our physical health. It is equally important to take care of your mental health—perhaps now more than ever! According to Mental Health America, even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental illness among adults was increasing. Because of the pandemic, the number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed. And the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) reports: “Between August 2020 and February 2021, the percentage of U.S. adults reporting recent symptoms associated with an anxiety or depressive disorder increased from 36.4% to 41.5%.”

During Mental Health Awareness Month—and every month—Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas (JFS) is here to support you, wherever you are in your mental health journey. You are not alone. Below are a variety of ways our compassionate Clinicians can help you and your family members. Our services are available to people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, and abilities.

Mental Health Counseling

Many individuals are experiencing relationship issues, anxiety or depression, grief, parenting issues, or trauma. If you can relate, JFS Clinicians can help! Our licensed, masters-degreed professional counselors assist people at all stages of life with skilled, compassionate, and confidential counseling. Don’t let cost be a barrier! We offer a sliding-fee schedule for those with limited financial resources and accept most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Currently, our sessions are offered on the phone or video via teletherapy. We have in-person counseling on a case-by-case basis.

Counseling for Older Adults

Many older adults need help coping with life’s transitions that come with aging, which may include grief, loss, social isolation, sadness, depression, and/or anxiety. Our therapists are licensed clinical social workers with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We collaborate closely with families, physicians, and other community resources, including the large range of other JFS services, as appropriate.

School-Based Mental Health

If you have children who attend a Dallas Jewish day school, they are likely working with a JFS Clinician there! Jewish Family Service provides on-site assessment, and parent and teacher consultation for students experiencing social or emotional difficulty adjusting to classes and/or the school environment. This service is available for students and schools from preschool through high school.

Support Groups

JFS currently offers multiple support groups for those struggling with a multitude of life’s challenges. Our support groups address topics such as cancer diagnoses, grief, substance abuse, caregiving, and raising a child with special needs. All JFS support groups and therapeutic groups are facilitated by a licensed professional. Many groups are offered at no charge. Any group for which there is a charge is offered on a sliding-fee scale, and no one is ever denied service due to an inability to pay.

As you can see, whatever age or stage of life you’re in, it is important to focus on your mental health, and our therapists can help! Not sure where to start? Begin by calling our Intake line at 972-437-9950 x340.

If you are having a life-threatening emergency, or you need immediate assistance, please call 911.

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