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Cultivating Calm and Resilience in Challenging Times

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Date: Tuesday, November 10

Dr. Rachel Goldenhar, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Co-Chair JFS Behavioral Health Committee
Julie Potiker, Mindfulness Expert, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher, Author of Life Falls Apart, But You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos

Does 2020 have you feeling stressed? You are not alone. Between the impacts of the pandemic, the contentious election cycle, racial injustice, and natural disasters, stress and anxiety levels are up, and mental health is down. A recent study reported that 44% of Californians are experiencing clinical levels of anxiety and depression. Chronic stress not only impacts our emotions and sleep, it can also be detrimental to our physical health.

Join JFS and local experts in this workshop to learn and practice coping strategies to alleviate your stress and anxiety. You will be guided through several exercises to adopt in your daily routine such as mindfulness, meditation, and rewiring your brain for more happiness and resilience. Finally, learn to recognize when self-coping mechanisms are not enough and understand when to go for professional support.

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Local Mental Health Resources


Low-Cost Mental Health Options


Jewish Family Service of San Diego Resources

  • Breaking Down Barriers: a program dedicated to normalizing mental health and wellness in unserved and underserved communities funded by the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency. Learn More at:
  • JFS Community Conversations
  • General Services: You are not alone! Every day, JFS help thousands of San Diegans access food, financial assistance, and other vital community resources.

Take the first step by calling the JFS Access Line (858) 637-3210 or visit


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