Change is the only constant in life; but not everyone is equipped to handle the stressors that go with it on their own. This is not a sign of weakness, it simply means that a person might need appropriate support and understanding in order to emerge stronger on the other side.
A year ago, Avi's* parents reached out to Amudim for help. Avi was their oldest and had always been a star: smart, charismatic, good at sports. But when he began high school, it all changed. The transition coupled with the emergence of mental health concerns proved too difficult. Avi was depressed, self-injuring and turning to alcohol to numb the pain. Avi had also withdrawn from his friends; the few connections he maintained were with peers also struggling emotionally. While it was the pain that drew them together, that bond was also triggering a downward spiral.
After a thorough intake, Avi was admitted to a psychiatric hospital due to his increased suicidal ideation. While there, Amudim facilitated discussions between the hospital and Avi’s therapist regarding a discharge plan. The clinical team suggested a day treatment program; and we were able to find a good center covered by the family’s insurance.
Unfortunately, we hit a roadblock after seeing that the day program was not enough to meet Avi’s needs, and he was again hospitalized. Avi’s case manager coordinated another strategy discussion, and an inpatient treatment center was determined to be the right course. Once Avi began this stage of treatment, we referred the family to therapists who could help them cope and make the necessary changes for when Avi was ready to return home.
Our case manager has remained in touch with the family; Baruch Hashem, Avi is doing very well. He is in school and attending regular therapy. Avi has learned to self-regulate, communicate his needs, and exercise control without acting out or harming himself. While this has been a difficult journey that is far from over, we are hopeful that with continued support and time, Avi and his family will find their way back to a healthy and content place.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is a phone call away and here to help.
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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