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Achieving a Stigma-free Society for all Mental Health Issues: How Grandparents and Older Adults Can Be Involved

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May 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Achieving a Stigma-free Society for all Mental Health Issues: How Grandparents and Older Adults Can Be Involved

  • What is stigma?
  • Different types and how they affect an individual/ families/ community
  • How do we combat stigma for adults, teens, and children?
  • Addictions,Trauma,molestation
  • Parent groups
  • Micro and macro practice

Presented by: Ruchama Clapman, Founding/Executive Director, MASK (Mothers & Fathers Aligned Saving Kids), and Dr. Debbie Akerman, PhD, LCSW, CASAP

Dr. Debbie Akerman is a licensed clinical social worker with years of experience in private practice. She specializes in  addiction/recovery, trauma, and marriage and family work. Dr Akerman facilitated one of MASK parent groups.

The mission of MASK (Mothers & Fathers Aligned Saving Kids) is to ensure that all parents/caregivers in the community receive the resources necessary to help raise emotionally healthy families. This goal is accomplished through a confidential helpline, support groups, prevention and awareness programs in the community and in school/after school programs . MASK’s helpline refers to professionals,in patient/out patient programs, that will best meet the caller’s needs.  All calls are strictly confidential and can be anonymous.  MASK is in its 24 year serving over 112,000 families.


In honor of the one year anniversary of the SPIRIT program, we have created a new SPIRIT website with archives and upcoming programs! Now you can watch all of the SPIRIT presentations-geared toward retirees- on subjects such as history to exercise to mental health, all in one place! 

CLICK HERE to enjoy past programs on-demand at your convenience!

The information provided by the OU SPIRIT program is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as advice on any legal/medical/nutritional/mental health/ financial/halachic or other subject matter.  You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of the information you learn during a SPIRIT program without seeking legal/medical/nutritional/mental health/financial/Rabbinic or other appropriate professional advice.

Partnering Synagogues:
Anshei Chesed Congregation, Boynton Beach (FL)
Anshei Emuna Congregation, Delray Beach (FL)
Beth David Synagogue, West Hartford (CT)
Bialystoker Synagogue, New York (NY)
B’nai Israel-Ohev Zedek, Philadelphia (PA)
Congregation Agudath Sholom, Stamford (CT)
Congregation Ahavas Sholom, Columbus (OH)
Congregation Aitz Chaim, West Palm Beach (FL)
Congregation Anshe Sfard, New Orleans (LA)
Congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah, Glendale (WI)
Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, Wynnewood (PA)
Congregation Beth Ora, Montreal (QUE)
Congregation Beth Sholom, Providence (RI)
Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck (NJ)
Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills (NY)
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, New York (NY)
Congregation Ohav Zedek, Wilkes-Barre (PA)
Congregation Tiferet Israel, Austin (TX)
Congregation Torah Ohr, Boca Raton (FL)
Congregation Zvi Jacob, Utica (NY)
Darchei Noam, Minneapolis (MN)
East Denver Orthodox Synagogue (EDOS), Denver (CO)
Fleetwood Synagogue, Fleetwood (NY)
Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach (NY)
Kehillat New Hempstead (NY)
Kehillat Shaarei Torah of Toronto (ONT)
Keneseth Beth Israel, Richmond (VA)
Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue, Baltimore (MD)
Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim, Baltimore (MD)
Suburban Torah, Livingston (NJ)
United Orthodox Synagogues, Houston (TX)
Young Israel of Bal Harbour, Surfside (FL)
Young Israel of Brookline (MA)
Young Israel of Deerfield Beach (FL)
Young Israel of East Brunswick (NJ)
Young Israel of Elkins Park (PA)
Young Israel of Fort Lee (NJ)
Young Israel of Hillcrest (NY)
Young Israel of Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale (FL)
Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills (NY)
Young Israel of New Hyde Park (NY)
Young Israel of Plainview (NY)
Young Israel of Queens Valley (NY)
Young Israel of Southfield (MI)
Young Israel of Stamford (CT)
Young Israel of West Hartford (CT)

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May 4, 2021
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