Taking Care of Each Other!
Guiding people toward change and support, JFCS provides hope and healing to the community. Our team of trained, compassionate experts work together to provide comprehensive care for all regardless of age, income, or circumstance. This approach of helping individuals who face multiple challenges is the most effective way to ensure positive outcomes and long-term stability that changes lives forever.
Resilient Retreat is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on helping abuse survivors (e.g., domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, sex trafficking, stalking) and professionals that witness trauma in the workplace (e.g., police, fire fighters, advocates, medical professionals, teachers, many non-profit workers) heal from the impacts of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit. Our free evidence-based programs are provided by certified trauma professionals in person, by phone, and online, such as equine therapy, neurofeedback, nutrition, massage, yoga, and support groups.
SRQ Strong is a growing group of Sarasota County residents committed to promoting awareness about the causes of trauma, its effects, and help and healing after trauma. SRQ Strong actively supports all efforts in the community to prevent and address trauma.
The notOK App™ is a free app that takes the guesswork out of asking for help when you're feeling vulnerable. We'll notify your trusted contacts that they've been selected as your support group, so when the time comes and you need to reach out, you'll just have to open the app and press the large, red notOK™ button.
ALSO YOUTH Empowers LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to create inclusive communities. The ALSO Youth Drop-In Center is a safe and drug-free space where youth, are welcome to express themselves and find support, free of ostracism and bullying.
Compassion fatigue and its kin, such as secondary traumatic stress, PTSD, empathic distress and vicarious trauma, create issues in our lives. Providing authentic, sustainable self-care daily can help manage and lessen the disruptive issues associated with compassion fatigue.
Youth Leadership, a program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is an exciting and educational experience for rising high school juniors. Students learn about the diversity and complexities of the community accomplished through participation in a nine-month, structured experiential program that meets once a month during school hours.
(August 26, 2020) – A new program will provide a population of students who aren’t typically represented on college campuses the opportunity to experience higher education and campus life.
A $900,000 grant is establishing the UMatter program at USF’s St. Petersburg campus to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the learning, social skills and career training to set them up to be competitively employed and live independently.
I remember when I was a young girl playing in the neighborhood, I had plenty of scraps and boo boos. My mom worked full time, and I needed some general first aid, Ricky’s mom from down the street always came to my aid with some mercurochrome and a band-aid or bandage depending on the severity of the cut. What if the adults in our community had some general first aid to assist in mental health crisis? What if there was a course that trained us how to be better stewards of helping each other by using common language and specific skills to help others cope with mental health of substance abuse problems? What if the custodial staff at a school or an office building, a bus driver, a grandmother or grandfather, a religious school teacher, a neighbor were better equipped to help provide aid? I think our communities would be better!
For some adults, it is a natural inclination to want to help others, but how? Through Mental Health First Aid Training, all community members who are interested in being approachable, accessible, and safe can learn a 5-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, and others cope. We don’t have to fix it, but like the traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or until the crisis resolves. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.
In collaboration with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and through the generous supporting sponsors Bunny Skirboll, founder of our local COMPEER chapter, and Joan and Brian Wides, they made the decision to sponsor this incredible program. The Federation is committed to providing opportunities for members of the greater community to become trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Join Community Trainers, Amy F. Weinberger, MSED from The Lean on Me Project and Chris Emens, LMHC from Jewish Family & Children Services, to become better aware, informed, and responsive community team members to reduce crisis.
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Learn information about Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Traumatization, and Vicarious Transformation.
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"We need a response that addresses the overall health and sustainability of learning environments and supports the well-being of every educator, student, and member of the school community."
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Understanding the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) survey, helps each of us begin to understand "not what is wrong with me, but what has happened to me." In the age when we have a collective trauma like COVID-19, we need to understand ourselves
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