The Wellness Institute (TWI) is committed to support youth resilience by developing and disseminating behavioral health and suicide prevention education and resources to better equip youth and their families to overcome challenges during adolescence and young adulthood.
Our mission is to disseminate educational resources and trainings to assist youth worldwide in discovering meaning, hope, and resilience. TWI develops educational materials for parents and resilience-building programs that engage teens in meaningful discussions and provide evidence-based skills to enhance communication, problem solving and emotion regulation.
In addition, it trains individuals and organizations who provide educational, community-based, and clinical services.
Teen discussion groups: We develop and distribute resilience-building curricula to facilitate meaningful discussion groups based on Jewish wisdoms.
Parents, educators, and youth leaders: We provide evidence-based training from the world’s leading experts on warning signs recognition, risk assessment, and effective interventions.
Community: We develop partnerships and host awareness events for the purpose of uniting organizations from all sectors in addressing youth mental health.
Educational resources: We publish original resources by leading experts for parents, educators, and youth leaders.
Continuing Education for Practitioners: Training designed to strengthen clinicians’ competence and confidence in effectively working with suicide risk.
During COVID, 62.9% of youth ages 18-24 experienced debilitating anxiety or depression
In 2019, one-in-five U.S. high school students seriously considered suicide
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24
From 2007 until 2017, adolescent suicide rates increased by 56%
For over two decades, JLI has developed and distributed quality resilience-building curricula, which offer continuing education credits for medical and mental health professionals. This wealth of material is currently taught in professional courses in over one thousand locations worldwide. The Wellness Institute builds on JLI’s extensive experience and reach.
Clinical Advisory Board
Kammarauche Asuzu, M.D., M.H.S.Yale Child Study Center
New Haven, CT
David A. Brent, M.D.University of Pittsburgh
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Randal M. Ernst, Ed.DNebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, Nebraska
Gittel Francis, LMSWJewish Family Services
Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhDAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
New York, NY
Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPHColumbia University
New York, NY
Lisa A. Horowitz, PhD, MPHNational Institutes of Mental Health
Lisa Jacobs, M.D., MBAStanford University
Menlo Park, CA
Thomas Joiner, PhDFlorida State University
E. David Klonsky, PhDUniversity of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Laura H. Mufson, PhDColumbia University New York, NY
Sigrid Pechenik, PsyDNew York State Office of Mental Health
Tayyab Rashid, PhDUniversity of Toronto Scarborough Toronto, Canada
Sylvia J. Sandler, LMFTDidi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center
Los Angeles, CA
Bella Schanzer, M.D.Baylor College of Medicine
Andrew Shatte, PHDUniversity of Arizona Phoenix, Arizona
Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSWPresident, American Association of Suicidology; Loyola University Chicago, IL
Casey Skvorc, PhD, JDNational Institutes of Health
American Public University
Darcy Wallen, LCSW, PCClinical Consultant
Williamsville, New York
The David Rock Foundation
The Goldstein Family Foundation
The Zalik Foundation
Francine Gani Charitable Trust
Palo Alto, CA
Robbins Family Foundation
The Diamond Foundation
Mount Laurel, NJ
Myra Reinhard Foundation
Los Gatos, CA
Michael and Andrea Leven
Ellen Joy Marks Trust
San Diego, CA
Dr. Ze’ev and Varda Rav-Noy
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Stephen and Bella Brenner
New York, NY
Boca Raton, FL
Vision and Strategic Planning
Continuing Professional Education Administrator
The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI)
What people are saying
This booklet that you’ve produced is absolutely stunning. It’s wondrous. We’ve lost two kids to suicide or accidental overdose in the last three years, and some are holding on by a thread now, as are their parents.
THANK YOU for allowing us to assist our families who I know are all struggling with the issues faced by this pandemic.