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Information for faith-based and community leaders

These guidelines provide practical steps faith and community leaders can take in order to promote mental health recovery, help seeking and awareness of mental health issues. 

Creator 
Partnership Center, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Health and Human Services
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

Everyone can play a role in the conversation about mental health

This fact sheet discusses ways in which faith and community leaders in partnership, can play a significant role in increasing awareness of mental health issues and promoting help-seeking.

Creator 
Partnership Center, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Health and Human Services
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2014
Full Text Online 
Yes

Webinar series on faith-based approaches to preventing suicide and promoting mental health.

The first webinar in this two webinar series is Overcoming the Tragic: A Positive Pastoral/Rabbinic Approach to Mental Health which discusses a pastoral/rabbinic approach to supporting parishioners and clients struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. This approach employs Biblical narratives to promote a capacity to activate and mobilize resiliency. It is designed for faith leaders, pastoral counselors and mental health clinicians.  The second, The Role of Faith Leaders in Suicide Prevention provides information that faith leaders need to know about suicide prevention (myths, warning signs, how to help, etc.). It will also offer ways faith leaders can help educate their communities about mental health issues and provide support for persons whose loved ones have died by suicide. In addition, it will help them understand and strengthen the resources they have in their own faith tradition that promote mental and spiritual health and/or can help in suicide prevention.

Overcoming the Tragic is available in its entirety but due to technical difficulties only the slide and handouts are available for The Role of Faith Leaders.

Creator 
Kaplan K, Arnold T, Certain RG.
Publisher 
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Contributor 
HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Date published 
2013
Full Text Online 
Yes

One voice, one community: building strong and effective partnerships among community and faith organizations

This guide offers communities strategies for developing partnerships with faith-based organizations to address the service needs of people with mental illness and substance use disorders. It highlights examples and presents challenges and benefits of such partnerships.

Creator 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2013
Full Text Online 
No
Available From 
http://store.samhsa.gov//product/SMA13-4739

When helping hurts: Self-care strategies for refugee community leaders & service

This webinar focuses on individual and collective reactions to trauma, resilience, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, strategies to promote a collaborative and positive work environment, and self-care. It was designed in response to suicides in the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community and was geared toward refugee community leaders, caseworkers, community-based organization leaders, and faith-based leaders as well as refugees.
 

Creator 
Kelly NE, Booth CL.
Publisher 
Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration on Children and Families
Contributor 
Center for Mental Health Service (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date published 
2013
Full Text Online 
Yes

Pathways to Promise: Ministry and mental illness

Pathways to Promise is an interfaith resource center that promotes a caring ministry for people with mental illness
and their families. It offers liturgical and educational materials, program models, and networking information on
mental health issues in general and provides guidance for crisis intervention, including suicide prevention. The
website is intended for faith community leaders, interested laypeople, people with mental illness and their families
and friends, and mental health professionals interested in working with faith communities.

Creator 
Pathways to Promise
Publisher 
Pathways to Promise
Full Text Online 
Yes

Fierce goodbye: A faith-based perspective on suicide

Fierce Goodbye provides information for pastors, counselors, and suicide survivors and their friends and family.
The site includes brief interviews with theologians, stories from survivors, information on how faith communities can
become involved in suicide prevention and supporting survivors, and links to resources. Fierce Goodbye has also
produced a DVD, study guide, and book on these issues, which are available at a cost through the website.

Creator 
Mennonite Media
Publisher 
Mennonite Media
Contributor 
Faith & Values Media
Date published 
2004
Full Text Online 
Yes

Suicide intervention and postvention training for faith leaders

The Prevention and Intervention Training is designed to increase the competence of faith leaders in responding
to individuals who are suicidal or at high risk for suicide. It includes best practice procedures specific to faith
leaders, interactive case scenarios, and discussion on how to integrate key community services for an effective and
comprehensive response.
The Postvention Training is designed to support proactive planning to ensure an effective and comprehensive
response in the event of a suicide death. Participants also learn steps for reducing the risk of contagion.
Each training is six hours and can be tailored for specific audiences. The intended audience includes: Faith leaders,
traditional healers, and pastoral counselors in any setting who might be involved in responding to a suicide death.

Creator 
Connect
Publisher 
NAMI NH
Full Text Online 
No
Available From 
Contact NAMIConnect NH http://www.theconnectprogram.org/training-audiences/suicide-preventionintervention-and-postvention-faith-leaders

Daytona State College

Program Name 
Daytona State College
Grant Type 
Campus
Year Awarded 
2009
Status 
Alumni
Program Description 

Daytona State College, Seminole State College, and University of Central Florida have formed the Project Suicide Prevention, Education, and Knowledge (SPEAK) consortium to conduct suicide awareness and prevention activities at these three commuter institutions. Located in East Central Florida, the partner institutions serve more than 60,000 students across 10 campuses in three counties. The three institutions will provide education and training to students, faculty, administrators, and staff. The project goal is to raise awareness through education of administration, faculty, staff, students, and their families of the colleges and universities located in Volusia, Flagler, and Seminole Counties in Florida of the signs of depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation in order to prevent suicides among college students. Project SPEAK will utilize educational seminars, develop and deploy an online training, provide gatekeeper training, create a stronger network of local resources through outreaches and an annual conference, and develop a video series on suicide prevention.Through the activities, the project team will meet six measureable objectives that include training 500 campus personnel, educating 800 students, and providing intensive suicide prevention training to at least 100 campus personnel and students. In addition, the project will establish an annual conference for higher education administrators and leaders, host an annual student festival, and produce a video series on suicide awareness and prevention for distribution on area public broadcasting stations. All of the objectives are designed to strengthen each institutionâ€Ã¢€–s infrastructure in decreasing suicide rates and increasing help seeking among students. At the conclusion of the grant activities, each institution will have a set of resources to continue suicide prevention and awareness education and training on their campuses.We are also very excited about involving the community creatively to address the very serious concerns of mental health and suicide. As a commuter college we desire to develop supportive networks within the community to assist and support our students when they are off of our campus.

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Indiana - Purdue University

Program Name 
Indiana - Purdue University
Grant Type 
State
Year Awarded 
2008
Status 
Alumni
Program Description 

The Indiana Cares Youth Suicide Prevention Project is funded by a 3-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant under the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program. It is a project of the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute. It is a sister project of, and builds on the work of, the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition.
The core of the Indiana Cares Project is the Youth Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The Resource Center provides assistance and resources to individuals, communities, and agencies across Indiana to prevent suicide among youth ages 10-24. The Resource Center also coordinates the following activities:

  • Building the capacity of youth serving systems to reduce the incidence and effects of suicide by targeting the youth serving systems to a) Provide evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention training, along with education about building resilience in youth and families, and b) Develop and institutionalize policies and protocols aimed at suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
  • Providing mini grants to communities/organizations. Priority is given to those serving higher risk populations such as African American, Latino/Latinas, LGBT, rural, incarcerated populations.
  • Piloting the Connect! Project, a comprehensive, community-based approach to preventing youth suicide that involves getting all youth serving systems working together (with similar training and protocols) to prevent and respond to youth suicide.
  • Helping make suicide prevention efforts around the state more culturally competent through cultural competency workshops across the state and through two specific initiatives: African American Suicide Prevention Initiative and Latino Suicide Prevention Initiative.
  • Training mental health and health care providers around the state in the CALM program (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means).
  • Conducting two youth suicide prevention-related conferences during the three year grant.
  • Raising awareness across the state about suicide prevention via exhibits and conference presentations, a resource library, a website, a social network (“ning”), resource sheets on topics and populations at risk of suicide, and tailored consultation;
  • Supporting and building the state network of local suicide prevention councils/coalitions.
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