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Rhythm & Soul 2017

May 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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2017 Honorees

Ellie Wainer 


For over 25 years, Ellie dedicated herself to improving the well-being of the Greater New Orleans community through her role as the Teen Life Counts (TLC) Program Coordinator of Jewish Family Service. TLC became the largest suicide awareness and prevention program in Louisiana as a result of Ellie’s tireless work. With immense passion, Ellie worked with schools to encourage the inclusion of the TLC curriculum. She displayed extraordinary skill in recruiting, selecting, training, and motivating exceptional volunteers to educate teens and others with the goal of savings lives. Ellie worked to ensure that student mental care continued after the TLC educator left the classroom. She worked to verify that each participating school was adequately staffed and equipped with trained mental health professionals able to respond to student referrals made during and following TLC presentations. We are excited to be honoring Ellie’s passion and accomplishments. She has positively affected countless lives through her tireless pursuit to improve mental health support for thousands of students in the Greater New Orleans community.




Teen Life Counts


CLICK ABOVE to view the JFS Teen Life Counts Video.

For more than thirty years, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has worked to prevent youth suicide in the Greater New Orleans area by conducting Teen Life Counts (TLC) – the largest suicide prevention program in south Louisiana. Suicide prevention curriculum is conducted free of charge in approximately 40 public, private, parochial and charter schools per year; serving a diverse population of youth aged 12-18. The TLC student program includes the presentation of a suicide prevention curriculum and a referral system that is responsive to students in the midst of a crisis. Student presentations consist of a classroom workshop presented by JFS staff or trained volunteer educators. During the 2015-2016 academic year, 2,704 students and 320 gatekeepers (adult, faculty, mental health professionals and parents) participated in TLC. 90% of participating students reported increased knowledge of the warning signs of serious depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. 100% of those students reported awareness of local resources available to assess mental health care. Out of all the participants, 628 students sought and received help for themselves or others.

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May 21, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Audubon Tea Room
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA United States