Always at your service

February 26, 2018

JFS staffers provide suicide prevention trainings throughout the year at Jewish Family Service as well as out in the community. In 2017, 184 community members participated in one or more mental health/suicide prevention trainings, including Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK and ASIST, as well as an intensive workshop created by clinical social worker and suicide expert Gigi Colombini.

“As someone who has attempted suicide, the trainers got it right. I wish my parents had gone through this training when I was younger.”

—Teen safeTALK participant

Mental Health First Aid trains participants to assess mental health, give aid in a crisis, and respond to signs of mental health issues and substance abuse. safeTALK is an alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to become a suicide-alert helper. ASIST is an 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.

If you would like to learn more, contact Erica Saum at 248.592.2664 or