Mental Health Initiative Breakfast by Nao Rosenberg

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, the CSS Mental Health Initiative Committee  and The Men’s Club co-sponsored a Mental Health Initiative Breakfast featuring  a presentation by Rose Cheyette, Manager of Community Education and Outreach  for The Samaritans.

The presentation was informative, engaging, and thought provoking. Rose stressed the need to break the silence around the topic of suicide and discussed ways to initiate conversation and support. Rose covered many topics including a discussion of:

  • Suicide facts and figures
  • Some common assumptions and misconceptions about suicide
  • Risk factors
  • Warning signs
  • How you can help:
    • Listen: Tips for effective, empathetic listening
    • Ask:
      • Ask open-ended questions
      • Acknowledge their pain by using their words
      • Ask them directly about suicide, about a plan
    • Get Help:
      • Manage your reactions
      • Stay calm
      • Connect with resources

 For more information about the CSS Mental Health Initiative or to join the committee please contact Rabbi Joseph


Samaritan’s Helpline

            1-877-870-4673 (HOPE)

            Available 24 hours a day by phone or text

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

            1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

            Available in English and Spanish

 Boston Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T.)


            24-hour service by Master’s level clinicians/physicians specializing in psychiatric crises

 Emergency Services Program Mobile Crisis Intervention


            Enter your ZIP code to get your local Emergency Services Program provider

SAVE THE DATE:  The next program presented by the CSS Mental Health Initiative Committee

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb 26th at 7:00 PM at the Temple

BY: NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

ABOUT: Legal issues and questions