What is it? In response to a number of suicides within the Jewish community, NSW’s first ever Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy has been established. This project, which is being supported by funding from The Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA) aims to raise awareness, educate and empower members of the community. This vital project is guided by the LifeSpan Framework developed by the Black Dog Institute’s WHOLE COMMUNITY APPROACH to suicide prevention.
What will be done to prevent suicide and raise awareness? Over a 2 year time frame the project will roll out FREE Mental Health First Aid and suicide prevention trainings to gatekeepers and general community members, facilitate community events and presentations, grow a network to champion the message of suicide prevention and awareness, strengthen partnerships and create an integrated and co-ordinated response to suicide through culturally appropriate resources and programs.
Who is involved in developing Strategy? A Steering Committee has been established in partnership with members from Jewish specific emergency and community service organisations, schools, health professionals and Rabbis as well as specialist services such as the Black Dog Institute. JewishCare is a member of Suicide Prevention Australia who will provide ongoing strategic guidance and support.
When was it launched? The Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy was officially launched on World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday September 10, 2017 held in conjunction with the annual Eastern Suburbs Suicide Prevention Network awareness walk. MP Julian Leeser spoke at the launch about the importance of initiatives such as this which build community capacity and affirms that suicide prevention is a shared responsibility.
If you are interested in attending Mental Health First Aid courses or Suicide Prevention Trainings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org