A year ago, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services launched its Sign of Strength Campaign to destigmatize anxiety and encourage proactive help.

Anxiety is the No. 1 diagnosis in children seen at Ohel and the second most prevalent diagnosis in adults. Anxiety can be debilitating and affects not only the individual experiencing anxiety but his or her whole family.

Ohel has aligned with the Center of Anxiety and Neshamos to address current issues affecting the youth and adults in the Crown Heights community.

The community-wide event on Tuesday night, June 11, titled “Dear Anxiety, Let’s Break Up” will feature experts in the field of anxiety, as well as people who have firsthand experience with anxiety.

The event will take place at Oholei Torah, 667 Eastern Parkway.

Anxiety is responsive to treatment, and Ohel provides services through the Marvin Kaylie Tikvah Center at Ohel, at the Ohel Jaffa Family Campus in Flatbush, and the Kleinman Family Ohel Regional Center in Far Rockaway.

Ohel has hosted numerous anxiety awareness events, clinical trainings, and educational workshops, and an event to be held in Crown Heights forms part of Ohel’s comprehensive and ongoing efforts to address the greater prevalence of anxiety among everyday people, the consequence of many factors, including multiple stresses — financial, familial, academic, job-related, technological, and other demands of everyday living.

Dr. David Rosmarin and Dr. Norman Blumenthal will present on the prevalence of anxiety, why anxiety is increasing, good anxiety vs. bad anxiety, treatment approaches, tips for individuals who experience anxiety, and how friends and family can support someone who experiences anxiety.

A special guest will share his personal experiences with anxiety, how it affected his life, and how he learned to successfully manage his anxiety and thrive.

Tzivy Reiter, a director at Ohel and joint organizer of the event, commented that “Ohel’s last community-wide event in Flatbush saw hundreds in attendance, and only furthered our resolve to partner with local community organizations to bring the issue to the fore.”

A comprehensive resource fair will also take place at the event, with representatives from all the major community-based mental-health agencies present. Participants will learn about services and programs available to help children, adults, and families.

For more information, please call 800-603-OHEL.


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