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
  • Hillel of Metropolitan Detroit
  • The Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit’s JFamily
  • 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
  • The Jewish Education Project
  • 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

Hannah Berger, LMSW

Youth Mental Health Coordinator

Hannah Berger received her B.A. in religion and anthropology from Kalamazoo College in 2018 and her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2020. Hannah is a licensed social worker who is committed to serving the Jewish community, and held roles in case management and career counseling.

Hannah is currently the Youth Mental Health Coordinator at Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit. In this role, Hannah is responsible for coordinating We Need To Talk, including providing community-wide mental health trainings. Hannah is a trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Hannah believes in elevating youth voices and empowering them to be true partners in solving the mental health crisis.