Support System

April 16, 2021

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Dear Amudim Family,
Being away from friends and family can take its toll. We all need our support systems, our “village” of close ones who are always in our corner. But throughout every person’s life, those places and individuals whom we turn to for support will change; and as long as someone is open to adapting and expanding his/her circle, with the right support, there is hope for happiness in new circumstances.
David*, a 30 year-old man who had been married for just under a year, was struggling with depression after having moved to a new city to be near his wife’s family. He was excited to begin a new life with his bride, yet his close friends and family with whom he had grown up were now hundreds of miles away. After visiting David and seeing the pain he was in, his friend called Amudim’s office concerned about how to help him. David agreed that he needed therapy and support but felt overwhelmed and refused to call us himself; he felt uncomfortable relying on the help of strangers.
And so our case manager spoke with David’s friend about the different options, gave him a referral to a clinic that accepts David’s insurance, and followed up two weeks later to see how the situation had unfolded. 
Thankfully, with his friend’s encouragement, David began working with a therapist with whom he developed a great connection and has been attending weekly sessions for several months. He is now regularly in touch with our case manager to share updates on his progress. Once his friend helped him take the first steps, David finally felt reassured that he was not alone, and that he could turn to people and organizations outside of his original inner circle for support. We are hopeful that David will continue to thrive, and that he and his wife can now look forward to building a happy and healthy life together. And he realizes that there are always ways to bridge the gaps of physical distance. 
If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us anytime. 
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

WEEK ENDING: April 16, 2021
170 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.
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This past Tuesday, Rabbi Zvi Gluck and Dr. David Pelcovitz lead a zoom discussion with YU pastoral students teaching them the duty of a pulpit rabbi as it relates to individuals struggling with abuse, addiction, mental health issues and domestic violence.