More than ninety golfers hit the links on September 21st for a day of sunshine, safe socializing and A Single Soul.
The suicide prevention initiative of JFS was the beneficiary of Surgeons Choice Medical Center’s second annual charity golf outing.
“Our event brought people together for a variety of fun events throughout the day,” says Dr. Steven Craig, CEO of Surgeons Choice Medical Center. “We created different ways for people to participate and the best part is being able to raise money for a meaningful cause.”
The vision of Rabbi Daniel Syme, 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. In the past two years, 560 community members were trained in one or more of our suicide awareness and prevention programs, including safeTALK, ASIST and Suicide to Hope. Suicide to Hope trainings have been led by Gigi Colombini, LMSW, a suicide prevention specialist and founder of the Institute for Hope and Human Flourishing.
In addition to his position as CEO of Surgeons Choice Medical Center, Dr. Craig is also a clinical psychologist, and knows all too well the impact of depression and suicide on families. “I’m a believer in the work that JFS and A Single Soul are doing in this area,” he says. “Suicide is a national epidemic and we are trying to raise awareness, provide funding, and bring more resources to this very preventable illness. If our outing saves even one life, it will have been the best event we participated in in years.”