Valley Chabad’s Teen Leadership Initiative in Woodcliff Lake and the Gelt Charitable Foundation join to host the “Suicide Alert” workshop for teens on Zoom on Thursday, June 4, at 8 p.m. The suicide prevention and mental health awareness workshop led by Leigh Ioffe, a certified safeTALK trainer, and mental health advocate, is offered at no charge. Mental health professionals are welcome to join.
The climate during the pandemic has resulted in an increase in mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal behavior. Many people—especially teens and young adults—are at a loss, wondering how they can help their friends and themselves during these trying times.
“Suicide has become a prevalent issue in our communities in recent years, and has been further exasperated by this crisis,” Jack Miller, founder of the Gelt Foundation, said. “Suicide prevention education is crucial for our safety and well being, and for the well being of the people we care about.”
The workshop aims to equip participants with hands-on tools, knowledge, and awareness to assist people who may struggle with thoughts of suicide.
“It is crucial that our community come together to get trained and learn to recognize the signs of suicide,” Rabbi Yosef Orenstein, the director of CTeen Woodcliff Lake, said. “One hour in exchange for life-changing skills is one powerful step we all can and should take to create a safer, healthier community.” Preregistration is required at valleychabad.org/life.