Mental Health First Aid

In 2015, Jewish Family Service offered Mental Health First Aid (LINK) workshops to the community. This nationally accredited program trains participants to assess mental health, give aid in a crisis, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse. Workshops cover such topics as the signs of addiction and mental illness, local resources, and a five-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help.

Our participants have become part of the over 27,000 Mental Health First Aiders in the state of Michigan; only three other states have more.

If you’d like to learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse, contact Erica Saum at 248.592.2664 or esaum@jfsdetroit.org.

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SafeTALK

This half-day alertness training prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

For more information, contact Shevy Zigdon @ 248.406.0076 or szigdon@jfsdetroit.org