<![CDATA[Gateways Blog]]> <![CDATA[Increasing Access to Mental Health Services within the Jewish Day School Community]]> <![CDATA[Empowering Teachers to Support Student Wellness: The Torah U’Mesorah Mashgiach Training Program ]]> <![CDATA[Confronting Student Anxiety Head-On]]> <![CDATA[The Rising Student Mental Health Challenge: How Educators Can Respond]]> major study from Columbia University found that the incidence of depression grew significantly in the U.S. from 2005 to 2015. The rise was most rapid among those ages 12 to 17, increasing from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 12.7 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, data collected from the National Survey of Children’s Health for ages 6 to 17 noted a 20 percent increase in anxiety diagnoses between 2007 and 2012. In attempting to determine a cause for this dramatic increase in children suffering mental health...]]> <![CDATA[Reflections on a Special Bat Mitzvah]]> National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and in the spirit of the time, I have been reflecting on my lovely 19-year-old daughter Ashley, and one of the most memorable days in her childhood, her bat mitzvah. When Ashley was very young, I took her to the JCC for adaptive swim lessons. I remember there was a quote from the Talmud painted on the wall there that stated that it was a parent’s responsibility to teach a child a trade, Torah...]]>