Recommendations for Religious Services and Other Public Memorial Observances

This is a guide to help community and faith leaders who plan memorial observances and provide support for individuals after the loss of a loved one to suicide.


Help at Hand: Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss
A Guide for Funeral Directors

This 16-page brochure for funeral directors who are working with suicide survivors covers what's different about suicide deaths, tending to the complex needs of survivors, and dealing with compassion fatigue.
 

Mental Health Ministries

This is an interactive web based ministry to provide educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities. Their mission is to help faith communities be caring congregations for people living with a mental illness and those who love and care for them. Resources can be adapted to the unique needs of each faith community.
 

Pathways to Promise

This is an interfaith cooperative of many faith groups. They provide assistance and are a resource center which offers liturgical and educational materials, program models, caring ministry with people experiencing a mental illness and their families.
 

The Role of Faith Communities in Preventing Suicide :
A Report of an Interfaith Suicide Prevention Dialogue

This report is the result of leaders convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to further the progress of faith communities in preventing suicide, and was developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). Participants included representatives of the five largest faith groups in the United States: Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu.
 

The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention:
A Guidebook for Faith Leaders

The purpose of this guidebook is to prepare leaders of faith communities to prevent, intervene and respond to the tragedy of suicide.