Month: November 2018

Latest posts by Rachel (see all)

Editor’s Note: The following is written by a brave and determined girl describing her experiences trying to make sense of everything after returning home following a suicide attempt. The detail is important and lifelike. She wants to make sure nobody has to feel alone and to send a message about what people need who are Read More …

Vice President at Refuat Hanefesh
Avi J. Gordon, PsyD, grew up Toronto, Canada and is currently a pre-Doctoral Intern at Faulk Center For Counseling in Boca Rio, Florida. He is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate at Loyola University of Maryland and obtained his M.A. in Psychology from Columbia University. Avi’s clinical experiences at college clinics and outpatient mental health centers include anxiety, depressive, and personality disorders, as well as complicated grief, relationships, and various identity and developmental factors. His research interests include emerging-adult religious and spiritual identity. He is passionate about the mission of Refuat Hanefesh and spreading mental health education and awareness in an effort to ensure access to care for those who may need it. When he’s not working, he can be found rollerblading, playing music or ice hockey. Avi can be reached at
Avi Gordon, PsyD

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and for some, it is synonymous with an enjoyable time spent among family and close friends. For others, it can be stressful, to say the least. Whether or not it is your belief to express gratitude on Thanksgiving as part of a formal celebration, it’s a good time to at Read More …

Akiva, Refuat Hanefesh's lead editor, is a senior at Yeshiva University studying marketing and writing. He is involved in several extracurricular activities. Among them are managing the Yeshiva College social media accounts, writing for the student newspaper’s business section, and handling the marketing efforts of SOY (Student Organization of Yeshiva), one of Yeshiva University’s branches of student council. His proudest extracurricular achievement is serving as the Wilf Campus President of Active Minds.
Akiva Clair
Latest posts by Akiva Clair (see all)

In the past two years, everything has changed for me.   I started working for a game-changing mental health student club called Active Minds, and, more recently, I was absolutely blessed with the opportunity to become the new Editor-in-Chief of the Refuat HaNefesh blog. By publicly establishing myself as an unwavering mental health advocate, I’ve Read More …