Past Community Conversations
Mental Health Conversation Focused on Holocaust Survivors
In person program held on June 21, 2022
Stuart Abrams in conversation with Dr. Lois Berkowitz, Dr. Leon Chameides, Eliane Sandler, and Erica Kapiloff. Opening Remarks by Gayle Temkin. A conversation exploring the mental health challenges of Holocaust survivors and their families. What does it mean to return to life after tragedy? How do we find hope as individuals and as a community and how we can support each other in times of tragedy and beyond?
Social Isolation and People with Disabilities
Originally aired May 17, 2022
Katie Hanley, chief executive officer of Jewish Family Services, sits down with Brett Glaser, Special Olympics Connecticut’s athlete, board member, and global messenger, and Caitlin Daikus, MPH, CHES, Director of Health and Wellness at Special Olympics Connecticut about the impact of social isolation on people with disabilities. This includes a check-in conversation, held one year after the original.
Supporting People with Disabilities
Katie Hanley, chief executive officer of Jewish Family Services, is joined by Dayna Clark, Adult Special Needs Program Coordinator, Mandell JCC in West Hartford, Elena Fader, Director of Assistive Technology (AT) at New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), an Oak Hill Center, Juliana Fetherman, the founder and CEO of web app Making Authentic Friendships, LLC, and Janice Rothstein, former Director of Clinical Services, Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford.
It’s very important that when having conversations about people with disabilities, we involve them in the conversation. Check out Social Isolation and People with Disabilities – which is focused on the lived experience of people with disabilities.
Youth Mental Health Survey
Katie Hanley, chief executive officer of Jewish Family Services, speaks with 7th grade Sedwick Middle School student, Quinn Brooks, and her mother Leah.
Quinn conducted a survey on the mental health of teens during the pandemic.
Youth Suicide Prevention
Katie Hanley, chief executive officer for Jewish Family Services, is joined by Marisa Giarnella-Porco, LCSW, co-founder, president, and chief executive officer for the Jordon Porco Foundation, Howard Sovronsky, chief behavioral health officer, at Connecticut Children’s Hospital, and Kim Whittingham, LPC, licensed therapist at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford for a frank and in-depth discussion on youth suicide prevention.
CONTENT WARNING – This conversation includes a discussion on suicide.
The Impact of the Pandemic on the Mental Health of Children and Youth
Originally aired June 1. 2022
Katie Hanley, chief executive officer of Jewish Family Services, is joined in conversation with Dr. Melissa Santos, the Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Director for the Pediatric Obesity Center at Connecticut Children’s, and Kim Whittingham, LPC, Licensed Therapist at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford. This conversation focused on the unique mental health challenges facing children and youth, during the ongoing pandemic and beyond.