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Sharsheret Offers Breast Cancer Survivorship Kits

Breast Cancer survivorship can trigger concerns related to a woman’s physical, psychological, social, sexual, economic and spiritual well-being. Concerns, much like a cancer diagnosis itself, are unique to each individual and can change as her journey continues. Sharsheret’s Survivorship Program, THRIVING AGAIN, offers free tailored resources that can help manage these concerns or any other survivorship uncertainties.

Sharsheret is offering free Survivorship Kits that include:

A customized survivorship care plan;

            Information on healthy living as a breast cancer survivor;

A personal self-assessment that can help survivors identify their unique concerns and tailored resources to help them address those concerns;

            Contact list and business card holder to help women stay organized;

            The cookbook and fitness DVD each woman has selected to help them maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

In addition the Survivorship Kit, Sharsheret offers the following tools to help women Thrive Again:

            National Survivorship Teleconference Series

            Peer Support Network

            Free Genetic Consultations

Sharsheret is a national Jewish organization that supports young Jewish women and families facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer at every stage—before, during and after diagnosis. Sharsheret means “chain”, and represents the strong, nurturing connections they build for women and their families. To receive a free Survivorship Kit, visit the Sharsheret website at:

Jewish Family Services of WNC and the Asheville Jewish Community Center also have Sharsheret “Thriving Again” brochures and applications for the Survivorship Kits. Sharsheret also provides free support and consultation to local communities for educational programs and support groups. If you or someone you know might be interested in a program or group focused on Breast Cancer and Jewish women, please contact Alison Gilreath at JFS: or call (828)253-2900 ext. 11.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month


For over 50 years, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month. This month, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined with the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) in educating communities about the importance of mental health awareness.  To learn more about this partnership and what they are doing to increase awareness for this important issue that effects one in four Americans, please click here.
Mental illnesses are real disorders with real treatments, but too few people receive optimal care. Families of people with serious mental illness live with a patchwork of care and support services and they fear for their loved one’s safety and wellbeing. Many people with these disorders refuse the treatments available, either because they deny their illness or because part of their illness (paranoia, hopelessness, or phobias) precludes seeking care. And for too many, the treatments we have today are not good enough. While the numbers alone are compelling, the personal stories of families and individuals affected by mental illness complete the picture of why finding ways to prevent and treat mental illness is such an urgent need.
For a link to the NIMH website and more information about mental health awareness, click here.


For information about JFS Mental Health Services, click here.


April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Sponsor: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April during Alcohol Awareness Month, Jewish Family Services of WNC encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

In North Carolina alone, there have been 371 drunk driving fatalities, 28.8% of all traffic deaths, within the past year. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse, JFS is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

  • Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink.
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  • Don’t drink when you are upset.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink.

If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.

To speak with a JFS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, call (828)253-2900 or email 

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