Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy

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 


Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy

Jewish Suicide Prevention Crisis Card


Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy partners:

Australian Zionist Youth Council
Black Dog Institute – LifeSpan Framework
Eastern Suburbs Suicide Prevention Network
Emanuel School
Emanuel Synagogue
Jewish House
Kesser Torah College
Masada College
Moriah College 
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NSW)
North Shore Temple Emanuel
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
Our Big Kitchen
Rabbinical Council of NSW
Shalom College
Suicide Prevention Australia

If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance please call 000 or Hatzolah on 9371 2222 or the below contacts.  
Crisis contacts:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Jewish House 24/7 Crisis Line: 1300 544 357 
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

General Support: 
Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
JewishCare’s Mental Health & Wellbeing team: 1300 133 660
beyondblue: 1300 22 4636

Upcoming Events


Discussion Session at NSTE

Saturday 12 May - 4:30pm

We started the conversation about suicide in our community last September with our Shabbaton dedicated to people who have experienced the sadness and loss of a family member or friend - let’s keep it going.

Rabbi Nicole will lead a discussion over a cup of tea and light refreshments on the Jewish position regarding suicide, we will provide an update on the JSPS, and conclude with Havdalah.

If you'd like to join us, please REGISTER HERE for catering purposes.