2016-12-07 / Federation

Hearing first-hand about suicide prevention

This evening, Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) donors are gathering for a special wine and cheese reception with guest speaker Marla Meyers, executive director of Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS). Donors will hear first-hand about the new JFCS This Life Counts Suicide Prevention Awareness Program—a program that the JWF helped fund with a 2016 grant. Immediately following the JWF reception is JFCS’ first community presentation of the program at 7 p.m. in the Katz JCC Social Hall.

This Life Counts is a suicide prevention, education, and awareness program for the South Jersey Jewish community. Its goal is to openly discuss this “taboo” subject, dispelling myths, learning the warning signs, and offering safe and accessible ways for anyone to get the help they need. JFCS will host a number of community workshops to kick off the program, each led by a panel of experts: A JFCS licensed clinical therapist, a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of Camden County, a member of local law enforcement, and either a survivor of attempted suicide or a parent who lost a child to suicide. This Life Counts aims to save lives by increasing awareness, promoting open conversations, and normalizing the idea that it’s okay to “ask for help.”

The Jewish Women’s Foundation is made up of top Jewish women philanthropists in South Jersey who pool their resources and raise awareness on issues often overlooked in the Jewish community. JWF partners with the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. to provide grants for programs and services that directly benefit or are of great importance to Jewish women and girls.

To learn more about JWF, contact Michele Glik at (856) 751-9500, ext. 1199 or mglik@jfedsnj.org

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