We talk about needing a “village” of support to raise a child; sometimes, especially during adolescence, a person may not know whom to turn to when he needs support. Parents, teachers, family and friends must all be on the lookout for when a situation seems concerning, and be available to listen and take action when necessary. You never know when you might be that one individual who can make the difference in helping someone find what he/she needs.
Zevi* was a happy and easygoing kid with lots of friends. But for various factors, he had recently switched yeshivas and was having a difficult time adjusting to his new environment. Zevi found himself not wanting to get up every morning or go to school; he did not want to ask for help, but a long time mentor who saw what was happening convinced Zevi to reach out to Amudim for guidance.
After a hesitant start, Zevi began opening up to his case manager, explaining that he loved his new school but that he did not know how to acclimate himself to all the changes in his life. He felt depressed and overwhelmed, and was willing to speak with someone; but he did not want to approach his friends or family. Our case manager suggested a therapist who could help Zevi navigate this challenge; and while he was skeptical, Zevi agreed to try one session and see how it went. Thankfully, we were able to find a mental health professional with whom Zevi immediately felt comfortable, and he began weekly sessions. Eventually, we were able to convince Zevi to talk to his parents about what he was experiencing; they were supportive, willing and happy to help pay for their son to get the support he needed.
As we approach the midway point of the school year, Zevi is still in therapy. He isn't completely back to his old self, but he is getting there and learning how to adjust and find new coping tools to face the changes in his life. We are hopeful that with the continued support of his family, therapist and case manager, Zevi will rediscover that happy kid that has been dormant for a while, but is not gone.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is just a phone call away and here to help.
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.
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