What is JSPS?

In response to a number of suicides and suicide attempts within the Jewish community, The Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy (JSPS) was launched by JewishCare in 2017.

The Strategy aims to raise awareness, educate and empower members of the community in addition to providing support to individuals and their families experiencing a mental health crisis.

A Steering Committee was 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. This committee works together in order to provide a Whole Community Approach to mental health and suicide prevention.


Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention trainings to the general community. Facilitate community events and presentations

Growing network to champion the message of suicide prevention and awareness Strengthen partnerships and create an integrated and co-ordinated response to suicide prevention through culturally appropriate resources and programs.

Suicide Impacting Me support group for anyone who has been impacted by suicide

AfterCare Strategy which provides one-on-one care coordination for people who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis and have been discharged from an emergency department, acute setting or following admission to hospital

My Wellbeing App. This safety planning App can help to empower an individual to have positive thoughts and to undertake positive actions and activities when they are starting to feel vulnerable or when they recognise the warning signs of a developing crisis


If you are interested in attending Mental Health First Aid training, Suicide Prevention Training, Suicide Impacting me support group, or would like to reach out to have a confidential conversation with someone in the mental health team please contact us on 1300 133 660.

If you are interested in attending Mental Health First Aid courses or Suicide Prevention Trainings

Please contact familyandfriends@jewishcare.com.au

Download Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy Brochure & 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
  • Hatzolah
  • JCA
  • JewishCare
  • Jewish House
  • Kesser Torah College
  • Lifespan Integrated Suicide Prevention
  • Masada College

  • Moriah College
  • National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NSW)
  • North Shore Temple Emanuel
  • NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
  • Our Big Kitchen
  • Shalom Institute & Shalom College
  • Suicide Prevention Australia

Crisis contacts:
Call 000 immediately if you or someone you know is in a life threatening emergency


Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
beyondblue: 1300 22 4636
Mensline Australia: 1300 789 978
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
Domestic Violence Line: 1800 656 463
Suicide Call Back Service1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au (6 free sessions of telephone counselling)
Jewish House 24/7 Crisis Line1300 544 357

The first and only Jewish specific suicide prevention strategy in Australia, the Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy (JSPS), initiated and coordinated by JewishCare NSW, was developed in response to a number of people attempting and taking their own lives within the community.


A steering committee was formed, comprising representatives from 20 communal organisations, including local Jewish schools, Rabbis, Jewish crisis and emergency medical services, and Jewish Youth Groups and mainstream organisations.