The past two years have been challenging for everyone in their own way. In today’s environment, the demand for therapy has surged as healthcare workers have been traumatized from caring for COVID-19 patients, political disagreements have people on edge, and families and marriages are in greater distress. Children out of school or learning virtually for extended periods of time has created obvious deficits in education with an unanticipated fallout in development and stressors to their mental health. More people of color are seeking support – especially as racial injustice remains at the forefront. Burnout and compassion fatigue is ever present.

Mental health treatment is imperative for many and Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties is working in overdrive to keep up with the requests for counseling. There is a high demand for qualified therapists. Despite providing 9,003 therapy sessions last year, JFS, along with providers nationwide, have lengthy wait lists. Needs are greater and the stakes are higher. Read More from JFS Atlantic.