We Need to Talk is...

A community-wide initiative, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, focused on raising awareness about youth mental illness, and providing tools and resources for those in need of care.

This program and website is for teens and other young people, parents and family members, teachers and other professionals. By bringing this issue into the light – and telling our stories – we can lift the stigma associated with mental health challenges and begin to address the problems we face as a community.

We Need to Talk is powered by jhelp.org and made possible by:


  • The Bar-Levav Family
  • Sam and Susie Bernstein
  • Natalie Charach
  • Herbert and Henrietta Charfoos Family
  • Children’s Foundation
  • The Honorable Avern Cohn
  • Congregation Shaarey Zedek
  • The D. Dan & Betty Kahn Foundation
  • The Alfred and Bernice Deutsch Millennium Fund
  • Howard and Jean Dubin
  • Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg
  • Vivian and Malcolm Henoch Family Philanthropic Fund
  • Hermelin/Davidson Center for Congregation Excellence
  • Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Women’s Philanthropy
  • Lisa and Daniel Klein
  • Manat Foundation
  • The Ravitz Foundation
  • Eli Scherr
  • Susie and Norman Pappas Challenge Fund
  • Stephen H. Schulman Millennium Fund for Jewish Youth
  • The Jewish Fund, A Legacy of Sinai Hospital
  • William Davidson Foundation
  • The Palman Foundation
  • The United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • The Wilker-Friedman Philanthropic Fund
  • Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit
  • The Zuckerman/Klein Family Foundation


  • Adat Shalom
  • BBYO
  • Friendship Circle/UMATTER
  • Farber Hebrew Day School
  • Frankel Jewish Academy
  • Henry Ford Health System West Bloomfield
  • Hillel Day School
  • The Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit
  • Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit
  • Kadima Mental Health Services
  • Noam Detroit
  • Tamarack Camps
  • Yeshiva Beth Yehudah
  • Kognito