Suicide Prevention and Support

JCFS Chicago, MISSD (The Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin) and No Shame on U are partnering to provide suicide prevention education and support in the Jewish community with support from JUF’s Breakthrough Fund. 

If you are in crisis, or know someone who is in crisis, please reach out for help:

  • Call 24/7 hotline: 1-800-273-(TALK) 8255
  • Text 741741 for a 24/7 crisis text line - a live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly
  • Go to www.imalive.org for 24/7 online crisis chat platform that provides immediate contact to a trained crisis counselor

Supporting those grieving the loss of a loved one who died by suicide

Grieving a Loss to Suicide Support Group
A monthly drop-in group for adults in the Jewish community and beyond who are navigating the world after the loss of a loved one to suicide. Co-led by experienced clinicians Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW and Wendy Dolin, LCSW, a survivor of suicide loss.

JCFS counselors and therapists are available throughout Chicago and its suburbs to help individuals, couples and families grieve the loss of friends and family members who have died by suicide. Learn more about our counseling centers or call 855.ASK.JCFS. 

Our colleagues at JFS in Houston authored this bereavement guide addressing the complex needs of family, friends and colleagues who have lost someone to death by suicide or overdose. These materials console, support and offer guidance to those bereaved by a suicide as well as those who are comforting the bereaved.

Expanding Mental Health Education for Our Community

Learn new ways to help a friend, parent, child or loved one by bringing a JCFS Mental Health Education program to your synagogue, organization or school.

  • Recognize the signs that someone may be dealing with a mental health problem or crisis.
  • Learn how to actively and compassionately listen to someone in distress.
  • Become aware of your own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders, and correct misconceptions about mental health challenges.
  • Learn to offer a distressed person basic "first aid" level information and reassurance about mental health problems, help them seek professional help or connect with appropriate community, peer, and personal supports.

Contact Diane Halivni at 847.745.5459 for more information and to schedule a Mental Health Education program.

Our partners

Thank you to NO SHAME ON U for your work to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness in the Jewish community, provide help and save lives. 

Thank you to MISSD for your work to raise awareness and educate the public about the dangers of Akathisia, a disorder, induced as a side effect of medications (including SSRIs and anti-psychotics), which can cause a person such intense restlessness that the sufferer is driven to violence and/or suicide.