UMatter invites teens to open house

UMatter invites teens to open house

All teens are invited to learn more about UMatter, a program aimed at combating the mental health crisis facing young people today, at an open house with dinner. It’s set for Wednesday, September 14, from the 6 to 7 p.m., at LifeTown, 10 Microlab Road in Livingston.

UMatter creates opportunities for peer support, and gives teens the tools they need to help friends who are struggling with mental health challenges. UMatter is presented in partnership with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, thanks in large part to a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

“Our teens are facing challenges and pressures previous generations never experienced. Yet, they may not know how to get help or express the level of stress, hurt, or other emotion they are feeling, that’s where UMatter comes in,” Rabbi Yisroel Rosenblum, UMatter’s director, said. “Teens who participate in our programs not only come away with a better sense of self, they emerge with the tools to help recognize when their friends may be suffering. We are encouraging to break down the barriers to discussions on mental health.”

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