A Single Soul Suicide Prevention

The statistics around suicide are alarming.

And it is easy to feel helpless.

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 providing critical trainings to both laypeople and professionals and partnering with organizations and professionals to provide consultation and support.

Our goal is to provide 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, 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.

Thursday, February 16 

Friday, April 14

Friday, June 9


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.

Monday, January 30 & Tuesday, January 31

Monday, March 13 & Tuesday, March 14

Monday, May 15 & Tuesday, May 16

  • Clinical support or Consultations for therapists, other providers or organizations working with people experiencing thoughts of suicide or wanting to update/create policies that institute the Zero Suicide framework. Contact Mayim Meyers at 248.592.2694 or mmeyers@jfsdetroit.org
  • Direct referrals to behavioral health services by contacting our Resource Center at 248.592.2313 or resourcecenter@jfsdetroit.org