Jewish Family Service (JFS) announced a new live service to link mental health professionals with the community at large, launching this Thursday and continuing on most Thursdays* in the future at 3:00 p.m.
Titled “Virtual Gatherings,” the service will be powered by Zoom, an online video and audio meeting application. The Zoom “room” will be hosted by members of the JFS professional staff, who will moderate the discussions revolving about how to connect to other members similarly sheltering in place as well as provide self-care tips for those considered at risk.
“JFS is hosting our Virtual Gatherings to provide catharsis, comfort, and direction to our community,” wrote Haley Hemenway Sledge, the JFS communications and marketing manager. “Many people struggle with the level of social isolation required by social distancing. We hope these Virtual Gatherings, led by mental health professionals from our clinical staff, will provide a space for people to connect and feel enriched when so much of life currently feels depleted.”‘
In addition to the social aspect, Henenway Sledge wrote, it is important for everyone to know they are not alone and to allay any fears they may entertain during the current crisis. “Our clinical staff will give self-care tips and other advice for enduring the pandemic,” she added.
Space is limited, according to JFS, and registration for each week’s session is required. To register in advance, please click on this link. If space is available, spots will be offered up till ten minutes prior to the Virtual Gathering.
(*JFS will not host Virtual Gatherings on Thursday, April 9 or Thursday, April 16 due to the observance of Passover.)