Faith Communities

Faith groups contribute to suicide prevention by increasing hope, supporting emotional well-being, and fostering the development of positive social connections. Faith communities are also critical sources of support during challenging times. These groups can play an important role in identifying individuals in distress and helping them seek help. In addition, they can also support members who have lost a loved one to suicide. (1)


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. (2)


Mental Illness and Faith Communities

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. (3)


Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders

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. (4)
 

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. (5)
 


References

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (2018). Faith Communities. Retrieved from
https://theactionalliance.org/communities/faith-communities (1)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (2004). After a Suicide: Recommendations for Religious Services and other Public Memorial Observances. Retrieved from
http://www.sprc.org/sites/default/files/migrate/library/aftersuicide.pdf (2)

Mental Health Ministries (2019). Mental Illness and Faith Communities. Retrieved from
http://www.mentalhealthministries.net/ (3)

Pathways to Promise. Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders. Retrieved from
http://www.pathways2promise.org/mental-health-a-guide-for-faith-leaders/ (4)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (2009). The Role of Faith Communities in Preventing Suicide: A Report of an Interfaith Suicide Prevention Dialogue. Retrieved From
http://www.sprc.org/sites/default/files/migrate/library/faith_dialogue.pdf (5)