May is Mental Health Awareness Month

by: Ann Luban, Senior Director, Jewish Community Services

Even before our current crisis, NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) reported that 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youth struggle with mental health challenges each year, and now we are all experiencing prolonged changes to our daily lives due to the pandemic that has heightened our emotions and compounded our worries. While there are no magic wands we can wave, there are some strategies we can employ to help ourselves and that we can share with our family and friends.

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Late Talker or Language Delayed?

By the time children turn two, they typically produce at least 100 words. Yet, not all children develop along this typical trajectory. Phrases such as “he’s a late talker” and "she’ll talk when she wants to” begin to be thrown around. But what does the term “late talker” really mean and how does it differ from a child with a language delay?

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Living with Uncertainty

It’s hard to believe six weeks have passed since the official Stay at Home Order was issued. In some ways it seems longer, but we have been tasked with having to figure out how to adapt to this new reality. For those of you who are somewhere on the divorce continuum, the uncertainty that was intrinsic to divorce in the world before COVID-19, combined with our current obstacles, can be hard to handle.

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Dealing with Divorce During Shelter in Place

You might be embroiled in a destructive relationship, contemplating the release of divorce, or you could be well along your way in the progression of events. Divorce in our normal world can be extraordinarily traumatic. When you add the anxiety brought on by our current chain of events, for some people it may be arduous. We are all navigating the pitfalls for our very first time, perhaps we can learn from one another.

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