The Jewish community is dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of young people. With BeWell, you will find support and tools to respond to the growing mental health concerns of young people aged 12 to 26, and resources for parents, caregivers, and Jewish professionals.

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Jewish youth are in crisis.

In an uncertain world, young people face increasing levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of an accelerating mental health crisis, with more than 4 in 10 teens reporting that they feel “persistently sad or hopeless,” and 1 in 5 saying they have contemplated suicide.
The Jewish community is mobilizing to create the support young people need as they face challenging moments.

As a community, we are counteracting:

  • Social stigma which prevents people from seeking help
  • Lack of practical knowledge about the stressors young people face
  • Professionals, educators and parents don’t know where to turn for information, guidance or a supportive community
  • A critical shortage of accessible or affordable mental health professionals

BeWell is a resource designed to educate, prepare, and support you and your local Jewish community. We offer local Federations, organizations and individuals:

  • Consulting
  • Skills-based trainings
  • Educational workshops
  • Resiliency-building programs
  • Grant funding

Our goal is to normalize the conversation around mental health and equip the Jewish community to support all aspects of well-being: mind, body and spirit.

Because as individuals gain strength, so does our community as a whole.

Help In Your Hands

These programs offer support where teens are – on their mobile devices.

HereNow

Created by teens for teens, youth can connect with other teens, share their stories and find real answers to their mental health questions and concerns.

JFCS Pittsburgh’s UpStreet

JFCS Pittsburgh’s UpStreet can provide text support to any teen regardless of where they live.

Teen Talk

Teen Talk is a free mobile app that helps teens get social and emotional support from a group of people they trust most: their peers.

Touching the Heart

A text-messaging program provides messages of support and well-being for high school seniors through graduate school, as well as young professionals and parents.

If this is an emergency, please contact one of the below:

Teen Line

(800) TLC-TEEN or Text TEEN to 839863

LGBTQ National Youth Talkline

(800) 246-7743

JQ Helpline

Call or text 855.JQI.HLPS (855.574.4577)

Crisis Hotline

Text HOME to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

For non-emergency services, please contact your local Jewish human service agency.

Our Partnering Organizations

BeWell is an initiative of Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies.

BeWell is grateful to Crown Family Philanthropies, Jim Joseph Foundation and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies for their generous funding support.