By COLlive reporter
A suicide prevention workshop, organized by several Chabad mosdos in Florida, will take place in the South Florida area.
The workshop will be presented by Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, shliach, founder of UMatter, and certified SafeTalk trainer. Rabbi Blumstein has trained nearly 2,000 people in suicide prevention.
“In the past five years, ten teens associated with Chabad communities have taken their lives,” Rabbi Yarden Blumstein said. “As adults, as community members, as shluchim, it is our job to be there for people when they need help.”
“SafeTalk opened my eyes to the rate of suicide ideation in our community,” said Rabbi Yossi Denburg, Shliach in Boca Raton, Florida. “This course teaches you how to pick up signs and directly engage and assist them. It’s crucial to participate in this training if you are a rabbi who deals with this age-demographic.”
“As a Clinical Social Worker counseling children, adolescents and adults, I found safeTALK training to be very beneficial,” said Lisa Menuck, LMSW. “With suicide rates increasing dramatically each year, I believe educators need to be continually educated on how to best support their many clients in crisis.”
Rabbi Blumstein will be giving two workshops at Chabad of Boca Raton on Sunday, May 5th. Participants will learn to identify someone who is suicidal and how to get them the help they need.
The first workshop is geared specifically for shluchim and will be from 12-3 pm. Complimentary babysitting is available upon request.
The second workshop, open to community members, professionals, and the general public, will be held from 6-9 pm.
All participants will receive a certificate upon completion. The cost is $18, and registration is required. For more information please visit saveajewishsoul.com or contact Rabbi Mendy Levy (305) 342-6665 or Ella Steinmetz (941) 928-2220.