A Single Soul Suicide Prevention

“I have come to learn that one who saves a single life, in truth, saves generations. My life is devoted to saving generations.” — Rabbi Daniel Syme

“Whoever preserves a single soul, it is as though she had preserved a whole world.”

–the Talmud

A Single Soul is an initiative of Jewish Family Service that works to prevent suicide in our community by providing critical trainings to both laypeople and professionals. Each training produces additional suicide-alert helpers who are critical in maintaining the well-being of our community.   A Single Soul is the vision of Rabbi Daniel Syme, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Beth El, who has brought a lifetime of unending passion to raising awareness of this prevalent issue. See below for more information on our trainings..

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
ASIST

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
Reach For Hope

This 3-day experiential crisis intervention and suicide prevention workshop teaches participants to manage emotionally charged conversations and to help someone in crisis. Learn to listen for the feelings a person is communicating to help them gain clarity and find a solution that works for them.

Suicide to Hope


This one-day workshop is for clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide. Although encountering suicide is an inevitable part of their work, many professionals don't feel adequately prepared. Suicide to Hope offers a unique training opportunity for professionals looking to provide more effective care.

Participants will learn to:

  • Reflect on their qualities as helpers; the beliefs, values and attitudes they bring to the helping relationship and how these impact the effectiveness of their work
  • Describe key features of a hope-oriented recovery and growth approach to suicide
  • Understand a framework for finding and exploring recovery and growth opportunities in suicide experiences
  • Apply a Pathway to Hope model for setting and working toward recovery and growth goals