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The Bailey Family Story

Tricia Bailey is a 46-year-old single mother of three living in St. Louis County. In 2018, Tricia went in for a routine mammogram that came back normal. Five months later, she felt a tender lump in her underarm. She received devastating news: stage two breast cancer. After having a mastectomy on her left breast, Tricia … Continued

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Conquering Back to School Anxiety

Heading back to school can stir up excitement for many children. It can also spark anxiety. From being nervous about making new friends, to managing academic expectations, it’s normal for kids to feel some anxiety ahead of the new school year. Here’s how you can help quell their fears and feel excited about the upcoming year. … Continued

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Setting Your Child Up for a Successful School Year

As the carefree days of summer end and children embark on a new school year, parents and caregivers can ease the transition and prepare their students for the year ahead. JFS School-Based Services Supervisor and Therapist, Melani Saito, works with children in St. Louis, to empower them to achieve their goals and establish healthy relationships … Continued

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Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer first visited the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry after being laid-off from her job. She did everything she could to reduce her spending and began reaching into her savings while she looked for work. When she realized that her savings were being drained, she began using her grocery budget on rent and utility bills. … Continued

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Etta’s Story

At seventy-four years old, Etta had experienced many losses in her life. Her husband of fifty years had recently died, and her two children lived hours away. Etta’s lifelong struggle with depression – a result of early childhood trauma – only worsened with age. She felt like her life had no meaning or purpose – … Continued

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Creating a Healthy Older Adult Community

At least one in four older adults experiences a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or dementia, in their lifetime. While older adults experience life challenges common to all of us, they also face new stressors, such as health problems, reduced mobility, loss of independence, and grief. All of these factors can result in … Continued

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