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As a part of the JCC’s inclusion initiative funded by the Staunton Farm Foundation, JCC Camps and the Center for Loving Kindness, will host a community “town hall” on teen mental health.  Our goal is to raise community awareness about the teen mental health crisis facing our society and our home community, and to position the JCC as a resource, outlet and “safety net” to address this crisis. 

We are bringing in Jean Twenge (http://www.jeantwenge.com/), a psychology professor and author who wrote, “IGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.”  Jean will speak on the Teen Mental Health crisis and the issues of social media influence, smart phone addition, FOMO (fear of missing out) and inclusion.  Jean has  been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR and many other media outlets speaking on this topic.  Following Jean’s talk, there will have a panel discussion with local community mental health experts and a teen who struggled with mental health as a result of social media and smart phone use. 

This program will be held Sunday, April 28th from 4-6pm in Katz theatre.   Refreshments will be served and we will have mental health service providers with tables of info set up outside of Katz theatre.  On Monday morning April 29th, there will be private sessions (extended Q&A’s) with Jean for Jewish communal staff.


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Teen Mental Health Community Town Hall

Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


JCC Squirrel Hill
5738 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 United States
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(412) 521-8010
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Rachael Speck

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