North Farmington junior helps siblings of people with mental health issues

North Farmington High junior Jessica Goldberg has for more than 10 years dealt with some difficult emotions that stem from her brother’s struggle with mental health.

She found many resources for him, but not for her.

“I was searching for an outlet and people to talk to in the same position as I was,” she said. “That is when I decided to take matters into my own hands.”

Rep. Ryan Berman of the 39th District presenting Sib4Sib founder Jessica Goldberg with a Special Tribute
Rep. Ryan Berman presents Sib4Sib founder Jessica Goldberg with a Special Tribute. (contributed)

Goldberg created Sib4Sib to make other teens feel safe and comfortable with sharing their stories. Designed for youth ages 6-18 who have a sibling struggling with ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, or emotional impairment, support group sessions are facilitated by a licensed psychologist and have themes suggested by members.

Sib4Sib founder Jessica Goldberg and Sib4Sib Board Member Sammi Shapiro
Sib4Sib founder Jessica Goldberg and Sib4Sib Board Member Sammi Shapiro (contributed)

On Sunday, March 3, more than 100 people came out for pizza, bowling, and raffles that were part of the 2nd annual Sib4Sib fundraiser at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce. The event was primarily designed to raise awareness but topped its fundraising goal, collecting $3,000 to keep programs free to participants.

Paul and Nora Margolis & Mark, Sophia, and Leila Snyder
Paul and Nora Margolis and Mark, Sophia, and Leila Snyder enjoy the Sib4Sib fundraiser. (contributed)

State Representative Ryan Berman presented Goldberg with a framed tribute in honor of her work, signed by Berman, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

To learn more about the organization, visit sib4sib.org.