Social Anxiety, Going the Distance – Amudim Weekly Recap

Social Anxiety, Going the Distance

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Social Anxiety, Going the Distance

Often the first phone call from a client seeking help will not be the last. Treatment plans need to be reassessed and adjusted, unhealed traumas cannot remain so. But with the persistence of a solid support system and Amudim’s guidance, a healthy outcome becomes far more likely.

We first received a call from Dovid’s* mother over three years ago; he was extremely anxious and had taken to isolating himself in his room. Our case manager did a full intake and discovered that Dovid had been bullied as a child and developed debilitating social anxiety as a result. While he was succeeding academically in yeshiva, he faced chronic struggles with depression and negative self-image. Dovid’s case manager recommended an appropriate therapist whom he agreed to meet, though he was hesitant after having experienced several failed attempts at treatment.

Recently, Dovid (now 22) reached out to us on his own. He was feeling uncertain that his therapist understands him; and returning to yeshiva and having to find a new chavrusa has triggered increased anxiety. Dovid also hopes to begin dating, but feels inadequate and worried that he will be rejected by those who want a “better” option. Having been isolated at home during the pandemic also aggravated Dovid’s situation. The good news is that Dovid genuinely wants to thrive in the upcoming year, and is eager to continue therapy to aid in overcoming his struggles.

This is a rather delicate case; after connecting with Dovid’s therapist and assessing the updated situation, our case manager determined that Dovid should be encouraged to realize that he is receiving appropriate care with someone who has the expertise and knowledge to help him.  Baruch Hashem, Dovid is once again fully on board and working on his journey to healing. Amudim remains in contact with Dovid, validating his desire to find someone else while helping him stay firm in his resolve to continue treatment and break his unhealthy avoidance patterns.

Amudim is always just a phone call away, ready to help. We will not give up until we find the right way to help every individual; please never give up on yourself or the idea that there is always hope for a new beginning.

We work every day to change the lives of those in need. We need your help to continue these efforts.

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WEEK ENDING: September 4, 2020
78 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

Social Anxiety, Going the Distance
  • 3 Anxiety
  • 1 At Risk Guidance
  • 3 Child Abuse and Neglect
  • 4 Depression
  • 5 Domestic Violence
  • 9 Drug & Alcohol Addiction
  • 1 Housing Placement
  • 1 Legal Matters
  • 15 Mental Health
  • 5 Psych Emergencies
  • 3 Sex Addiction
  • 16 Sexual Abuse
  • 8 Suicide Prevention
  • 7 Therapy Referrals

There’s No Place Like Home

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.


There’s No Place Like Home

After the COVID pandemic hit, Amudim immediately saw the global impact with a dramatic increase in calls for help. Individuals who were suffering based on quarantine/shutdown concerns. People who had lost their jobs, family members, their sense of stability and safety. We are grateful to have been able to step up to the plate to provide much needed assistance; and we could not have done any of this without the generous support of you, our community and partners.

Mission Accomplished! Temporary COVID Support Line Closes as Call Volume Tapers Off

Mission Accomplished! Temporary COVID Support Line Closes as Call Volume Tapers Off

It wasn’t long after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in New York that Amudim realized that along with the physical threat posed by COVID, a devastating mental health crisis was about to unfold before our very eyes. By the time New York State ordered all non-essential workers to stay home just days later, our phones were already being flooded with calls from those struggling to cope with the possibility of life-threatening illness, financial hardships, extended school closures, food shortages and more.




Join the team as we #Run4Amudim

Amudim is excited to announce our #Run4Amudim initiative in order to raise much needed funds for our essential mission.
Please visit for details on how to sign up as a runner, sponsor, or to make a donation. We look forward to “running” as partners with you to support those who need our help.



Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amudim has assisted hundreds of community members with arranging safe emergency travel to Israel, primarily for funerals and medical-related matters, as well as for students. We have updated our website to provide updated information and guidelines for all types of travel to Israel.

Please click below, where we have included as much relevant and current information as possible, including the necessary forms, requirements, and the contact person to speak to directly for emergencies.

Student Visa
Funeral Travel
Medical Travel
Simcha Travel

We work every day to change the lives of those in need. We need your help to continue these efforts.

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