We Need to Talk is...

We Need to Talk is a community-wide youth mental health initiative aimed at increasing awareness of mental illness, reducing stigma, and improving access to services. The program is managed by Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit with support from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

WN2T works in partnership with Jewish Detroit’s human service agencies, schools, synagogues, and youth-serving organizations. Together, WN2T and partners provide educational programming, trainings, and funding for additional mental health professionals to support young people and their families.

Our Dedicated Partners

  • Adat Shalom Synagogue
  • BBYO
  • Friendship Circle/UMATTER
  • Farber Hebrew Day School
  • Frankel Jewish Academy
  • Hillel Day School
  • The Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit’s JFamily
  • Jewish Education Project
  • Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
  • JVS Human Services-Kadima Mental Health Services
  • Mood Lifters
  • Temple Israel
  • Tamarack Camps
  • Yeshiva Beth Yehudah

Our Generous Funders

  • Robert Appel
  • The Bar-Levav Family
  • Sam and Susie Bernstein
  • Harold Beznos
  • Samuel Beznos
  • David Carroll
  • Natalie Charach
  • Herbert and Henrietta Charfoos
  • The Children’s Foundation
  • The Honorable Avern Cohn
  • Harriet Colman
  • Congregation Shaarey Zedek
  • William Davidson Foundation
  • Alfred and Bernice Deutsch Millennium Fund
  • Jean and Howard Dubin
  • Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg
  • Vivian and Malcom Henoch Family Philanthropic Fund
  • Hermelin/Davidson Center for Congregational Excellence
  • Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
  • The Jewish Fund
  • Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation
  • The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation
  • Lisa and Daniel Klein
  • Ronald Klein
  • The Kogan Family
  • Manat Foundation
  • Barbara Milberger
  • The Irving and Ethel Palman Foundation
  • Susie and Normal Pappas Challenge Fund
  • The Sylvia and George Pevin Foundation
  • The Ravitz Foundation
  • Eli Scherr
  • Stephen H. Schulman Millennium Fund for Jewish Youth
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Wilker-Friedman Philanthropic Fund
  • Ron Yolles
  • Zuckerman-Klein Family Foundation

Our Staff

Julia Cohen, LMSW

Youth Mental Health Coordinator

Julia Cohen received her B.A. in biology and psychology from Kenyon College in 2012 and her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2013. Julia is a licensed clinical social worker who has committed her life to working with at-risk children, youth, and families. Julia has worked with youth and families in a wide array of different settings, including foster care, a shelter for runaway and homeless youth, a neonatal intensive care unit, and community mental health center.

Julia is currently the Youth Mental Health Coordinator at Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit. In this role, Julia is responsible for coordinating We Need To Talk, including providing community-wide mental health trainings. Julia is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Trainer.

Julia is passionate about community-level work, youth engagement and youth voice, reducing mental health stigma, and connecting youth and families with needed services and supports.