Oak Park Temple Hosts Suicide Prevention Advocate Ally Golden

Wednesday November 15, 2017

Oak Park Temple B'nai Abraham Zion will welcome temple member and suicide education and prevention advocate Ally Golden on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 7 p.m., exactly ten years after Golden's mother ended her life after a long-term battle with depression and borderline personality disorder. This event is free and open to the public.

A former nationally syndicated columnist for The Wall Street Journal, the author of an international bestseller, and a frequent speaker at national conferences and Fortune 500 companies, Golden published "A Good Soldier" after the suicide in the U.S. surged to the highest level in 30 years and the rate for middle-aged women ages 45-64 jumped by 63 percent. 

Combining her own experiences with concrete coping strategies for loved ones of the mentally ill, Golden debunks myths about suicide using the theme of "13 Reasons Why" from the recent Netflix show. Golden graduated from Northwestern University in 1998.

"A Good Soldier" has received praise for its raw honesty and bravery.

"Golden's memoir is an unflinching portrayal of the struggle to carve out an authentic life amidst the harsh realities of a parent's mental illness. For anyone trying to grasp an understanding of this particular sort of darkness and its impact on a family, Golden's journey of imperfect survival shines a light on the possibility of resilience and redemption," said Nancy Perlson, LCSW, Board Member of the Chicago chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

"Mental health has reached a crisis point in this country, but Ally Golden is a survivor who offers hope to those who are suffering themselves or supporting others who are suffering," says Rabbi Weiss of Oak Park Temple. "We welcome Ally and appreciate her efforts to educate our community on this critically important issue."

Oak Park Temple is a warm Reform Jewish congregation in historic Oak Park, just west of Chicago. Oak Park Temple has served the area's Jewish community for more than 150 years.

For more information, call 708-386-3937 or visit www.oakparktemple.com