Sam Langstein

    Sam Langstein was, until last month, the Director of the Helpline at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in New York City, where he oversaw a team of responders and managed their call line run and staffed entirely by people with a lived experience of mental illness. He has taught and led workshops on peer-based mental health for the FBI, the Pratt Institute, Stony Brook University's School of Social Work, and TEDx. In 2020, Sam graduated from the University of Michigan's Jewish Communal Leadership Program through the School of Social Work where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar. In graduate school, Sam interned at Beit T'Shuvah and at Jewish Family Services of Metro Detroit. In 2015, Sam became a corps member of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. For the next three years he worked at Footsteps, an organization which supports and affirms those transitioning out of the ultra-Orthodox world. Before that, Sam received his BA in psychology from CUNY Hunter College. He's also been a freelance graphic designer, assisted in psycholinguistic research at Yale University, and has been fired from a job at a falafel shop.