Suicide prevention competencies for faith leaders: Supporting life before, during, and after a suicidal crisis

Date: 2019
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Manual
Author:  Faith Communities Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance).
Publisher:  Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

Faith leaders serving in both congregational and unique ministry settings, such as hospital, civil, and military chaplaincy, may lack sufficient training in counseling and suicide intervention to provide safe, effective support. These competencies, developed in partnership with faith community leaders and suicide prevention experts, equip faith leaders with the capabilities needed to prevent suicide and provide care and comfort to all those affected by suicide.

Populations:  Attempt Survivors and Other People with Lived Experience, Survivors of Suicide Loss
Settings:  Health Care, Faith Communities, Family Members and Caregivers
Planning and Implementing:  Cultural Competence, Partnerships and Coalitions, Stigma, Prejudice, and Discrimination, Communications and Outreach
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Gatekeeper Training, Screening and Assessment, Increase Help-Seeking, Effective Care/Treatment, Safety Planning, Care Transitions/Linkages, Postvention