It’s Glow Time: Stevens Institute Lights Up for Neon Nights to Support Mental Health
By Lauren Patetta The Bissinger Room at Stevens Institute had never seen so much color. Strings of neon stars hung from the walls, bright streamers ...
The Jed Foundation (JED) strongly condemns antisemitism across the United States, which is on the rise. There is a longstanding and documented history of discrimination and violence against Jewish communities in our country. These incidents–both in person and in digital spaces–are traumatic and contribute to an increase in fear, stress, anxiety, and psychological trauma, reinforcing a need for increased mental health support. Exposure to hate speech and discrimination causes distress and exacerbates existing mental health challenges. It also interrupts healthy identity development for adolescents and young adults.
We stand with Jewish communities and call on authorities to take every measure to hold perpetrators accountable and to keep Jewish communities safe. JED strongly condemns racism, xenophobia, and bias-motivated violence of any kind, and we encourage educators, caregivers, and anyone who works with youth to reach out and check in with young people who may be impacted by the current antisemitic violence across the nation.
We at JED believe that feeling safe and knowing that our friends, family, and community members are safe are essential to maintaining our mental health. If you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or unsafe, here are some things you can do:
Mental Health Resources:
We stand together to promote unity, inclusion, and safety for all.
The JED Team
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text, call, or chat 988 for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.
If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.