UMatter is a program focused on empowering teens to shatter the stigmas surrounding mental health challenges and suicide. It operates within the Friendship Circle family and is led by Teen Director Rabbi Yarden Blumstein. After recognizing a need for a larger discussion about mental health in the Detroit community, Friendship Circle created a teen advisory board to work on projects that would go on to create an atmosphere of inclusion within the community.
Safe TALK Training
SafeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness, through LivingWorks. This training allows participants to recognize when a person is having thoughts of suicide and how they can connect them with resources that can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training. Find out how you can sign up for a SafeTALK training.
UMatter High School Weeks
The UMatter Week is a program that was initiated in high schools. It is a week long campaign that focuses on spreading the message that each individual matters. It consists of teacher TEDTalks, hall decorations, an essay contest, a speaker on the topic of mental health, SafeTALK trainings, and more. Click here to learn more on information on how to get your school involved.
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Local groups team up to teach teens about mental health
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Foundation To Help Expand Teen Mental Health Program
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Unveil of the UMatter and Andrew J. Kukes Foundation sign
At a UMatter event, everyone is intently listening to Yarden Blumstein speak as the speaking...