Scratch beneath the surface of one issue and we often find a multitude of others simmering beneath. But just as clients often come to us needing support on more than one front, when are we able to create a multi-faceted solution, the ripple effect can become one of optimism and hope.
We received a call from Mrs. Gelbstein about her 16 year-old son, David*, who had returned home from yeshiva due to COVID. He was depressed and not listening to his parents; and his mother reached out, worried and seeking guidance on what she could do.
Our case manager conducted a full intake and arranged for David to be assessed by a psychiatrist; he subsequently prescribed an antidepressant to help David cope with his anxiety and low self-esteem. We also found an appropriate therapist, and David began opening up about the fears he was experiencing due to the pandemic and his feeling unsafe. Working in tandem with his case manager, we found a mentor to meet with David several times a week to play basketball, and a music instructor to teach him to play guitar. One of our network of volunteers began helping David with his school work as well. In order to give David the best chance of success, we felt that this situation warranted a multi-pronged approach.
The case manager has continued follow ups with both David and his mother, and is happy to report that while he is not yet out of the woods, he is doing much better and most importantly, has begun smiling again.
Amudim provides comprehensive case management and resources so that if you or a loved one need help, the right support in every necessary area can be found.