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Posts Tagged ‘UMatter’

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Guest Column: Best of Both Worlds and Our Future

Maddie was a state champion in debate; Seth was an AIPAC intern; and Hannah works for Microsoft while Yoni is at Google. Laurenne recently completed her service in the IDF as a Lone Soldier; Robert was elected ninth-grade class president at Cranbrook; Lily’s poem on school shootings was published nationally last year when she was…

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In Their Own Words

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Essays from local teens dealing with mental health challenges. Teens involved in UMatter at the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield periodically submit essays to the organization’s website that deal with their own personal struggles with mental health. Friendship Circle is sharing these anonymous essays with the JN.…

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UMatter volunteers Leah Dunn, Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, Benny Fellows and Mac Bauer share a moment at Friendship Circle.

Teen Mentor

Rabbi Yarden Blumstein listens intently, supports fully and connects spiritually to local youth. Whether at his full-time job as teen director at Friendship Circle of Michigan or leading his minyan class at Frankel Jewish Academy or on the phone with a concerned parent or troubled teen, Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, 34, can be found listening intently,…

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Ryan Silberg of Novi and Lauren Had of Northville at their fundraiser, Plymouth Artfair, with artwork by Lauren Had

Teen Suicide Awareness – UMatter Artwork at Plymouth Artfair

Ryan Silberg of Novi and his friend Lauren Had of Northville, both upcoming seniors at Northville High School, held a fundraiser at the Plymouth Art Fair to benefit UMatter, a teen suicide prevention program run through the Friendship Circle. Through their efforts, they raised a significant donation for UMatter as well as awareness about the…

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‘We Need To Talk’

Jackie Headapohl Managing Editor Federation launches its youth mental health initiative. [similar id=46295 type=all] [similar id=46323 type=all] [similar id=38859 type=all] The Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit is formally launching its youth mental health initiative “We Need To Talk” this month. Its website, the cornerstone of the initiative, is available at and will provide resources…

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Faces & Places: “One Thing I Wish You Knew”

Five Oakland County teens, members of UMatter, a Friendship Circle-based program focused on teen mental health, got up in front of a crowd and shared their stories in a program called “One Thing I Wish You Knew” March 21. They shared stories of how they overcame challenges like verbal abuse by an alcoholic parent, battling…

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