A Single Soul Suicide Prevention

The statistics around suicide are alarming. But there is so much we can do, and A Single Soul wants to help.

A Single Soul is an initiative of Jewish Family Service that works to prevent suicide in our community by creating suicide-alert helpers who are critical in maintaining the well-being of our community. We do this by training both laypeople and professionals and partnering with organizations to provide consultation and support.

A Single Soul is the vision of Rabbi Daniel Syme, who has brought a lifetime of unending passion to raising awareness of this prevalent issue.

There are several ways we can work together:

  • Trainings for laypeople and professionals

Training descriptions, upcoming dates and links to register are below:


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

Upcoming Training Dates:

Trainings will be held at Jewish Family Service West Bloomfield from 9:30am-1pm.

Click the date below to register.

October 19


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

Upcoming Training Dates:

Trainings will be held at Jewish Family Service West Bloomfield from 8:30am-4pm.

Click the date below to register.

October 3-4

  • Consultations and Support for organizations

Our team works with organizations to help build infrastructure to support suicide awareness according to best practices. This ensures that organizations have both a plan and the skills to respond effectively to suicide risk. Whether you already have such an infrastructure in place or are just starting, we can help you get to the next step.

For more information about A Single Soul contact asinglesoul@jfsdetroit.org

A Single Soul, a suicide prevention program is forming a Suicide Prevention Training Cohort for mental health professionals working with adults and youth! As a member, you will receive comprehensive, evidence-based trainings in suicide prevention, intervention, and treatment. Trainings will cover screening, assessment, intervention, safety planning, and treatment options and prepare you to be a part of a suicide safer community. Please apply to cohort that best fits who you work with below.

Spots are limited and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 6.