Community Outreach






Since 2015, Jewish Family Service has 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


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



This is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches how to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to work with them to keep them safe. This free training is open to anyone 16 or older.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand how personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance to a person at risk in ways that meet their safety needs
  • Identify key elements of an effective safety plan as well as how to implement it

For more information, contact Shevy Zigdon at 248.406.0076 or