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It’s my favorite time of year again at Josselyn… Camp Neeka time! This program was the icing on the cake as I considered joining the Josselyn team six years ago. Children’s mental health has been my passion for over two decades and Camp Neeka is the embodiment of a utopian setting for kids to build self-esteem, learn how to make and keep friends, and practice coping skills that will allow them to start the school year emotionally stronger…
I have a few members of my extended family who identify as gay or lesbian, including my daughter, whom I love with all my heart, and who makes me proud every day. It’s important to note that identification as LGBTQ+ is NOT a mental illness, but many LGBTQ+ people experience mental health struggles. When you look at the risk factors, it’s not hard to understand why.
JORDY is a songwriter, artist, and mental health advocate based in Los Angeles. With his hit single “Just Friends,” the young artist has accumulated 100 million streams across all platforms, released 2 EPs, sold out his first headline tour, and has received notable praise by Time Magazine, Billboard, Billboard Pride, and the Daily Telegraph.
Dr. Lucy McBride, M.D., is a practicing internist, health-care educator, mental health advocate, and a frequent media guest. Dr. McBride believes in treating the entire person — that mental and physical health should be addressed in tandem. Her goal is to reduce the stigma around mental health and give people hope, information and direction to better advocate and improve their whole health.
The Josselyn Center’s Take 5 For Mental Health shares meaningful conversations to raise mental health awareness and reduce stigma. This segment features Robert Kolker, an award-winning journalist, author, and mental health advocate. His latest book, Hidden Valley Road, is an in-depth account of severe mental illness and tells the story of a family with 12 children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia.
After a career in marketing and PR, Valerie Michaels now divides her time between producing documentary films and volunteering with adults and children with disabilities as an equine therapist. Valerie is also a member of The Josselyn Center’s Auxiliary Board. In this segment of Take 5 For Mental Health, she shares her perspective on why mental health matters, what we can do to break down stigma, and how she takes care of her mental health.
The Josselyn Center is proud of its diverse staff and our culturally-connected therapists. Josselyn’s counseling services for the Latino community are discussed by two Latina staff members, Stella Barrutia, LCSW and Andrea Martinez-Cabrera, M.A. To learn more about our bilingual services, call 847-441-5600 x 1. Gracias.