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Nurturing Mental Health and Well-Being

We believe no one should have to struggle alone.

We bring dignity and compassion to our work with children, adults, and families so that everyone can reach their potential, no matter their circumstances. We’re battling the stigma around mental illness and supporting hotlines, counseling services, and safe spaces for our community members to share their experiences. We’re pioneering new approaches to meeting the mental health needs of teens, and cultivating specialty camps for kids that focus on health and recovery.

For people facing addiction, trauma, grief, and the end of life, we offer comfort through spiritual care, bereavement counseling, and hospice. If one person’s pain can be eased, we’ve made a difference that matters.

The Facts:

  • 275,000 children in New York State suffer from mental illness.
  • 1 in 5 teens have a diagnosable mental disorder.
  • 112,000 local Jewish households need help for a loved one suffering from a serious or chronic illness.
  • Suicides have become the third-leading cause of death among teens in the U.S.  

Our Impact:

  • 440,000 mental health counseling sessions are provided in New York annually. Learn more about how we're supporting mental health here.
  • UJA and our partners created Here.Now, to give teens living with mental illness the tools to connect with one another. Read about how we’re breaking down stigmas.
  • UJA supports What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life. Find out more.


With many thanks to our generous donors and network of nonprofits for making all this possible.

Related Nonprofits and Programs

Camp Sunrise
Camp Zeke
The Jewish Board
Westchester Jewish Community Services
(Among many others)

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