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Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders: Supporting Life Before, During, and After a Suicidal Crisis  

Research indicates people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide are increasingly turning to faith leaders for help and support, even before they will seek care from mental health professionals. Faith leaders play a key role in suicide prevention and postvention care. To better equip leaders of all faiths with life-saving skills to prevent suicide, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and its Faith Communities Task Force, recently released the resrouce Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders: Supporting Life Before, During, and After a Suicidal Crisis.

This new resource aims to provide faith leaders with feasible, practical, research-based actions they can adopt immediately to help save lives and restore hope in faith communities nationwide. The competencies, informed by leaders from diverse faith communities and experts in the suicide prevention field, help to integrate and coordinate suicide prevention across sectors and settings, like faith-based organizations and places of worship, a goal of the Action Alliance’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.


Book recommendations:

Keeper of the Cloak by Thomas Beckner


Ministry to the Incarcerated by Henry Covert

 


The incarcerated experience a tremendous amount of loss and often the loss of a loved one.  Some resources to equip and encourage you as you provide pastoral care are listed below.

Pastoral Care for Grieving Families

GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one.

Pastoral Care and Counseling in Prison:  What Works? By Chaplain Emily R. Brault
This paper explores the unique context of pastoral care and counseling in prison.  Chaplain Brault identifies ways in which chaplains can effectively integrate spirituality and treatment toward positive ends.