Faith communities are a natural setting for suicide prevention. Spiritual beliefs and practices tend to help people experience greater hope and meaning in their lives. Faith communities can also provide opportunities for developing positive relationships with others and can be an important source of support during difficult times.
Why Address Suicide Prevention
- Counseling related to suicide fits with the general role of faith community leaders.
- People with mental health problems, including suicide risk, often turn to faith community leaders for help.
How Faith Communities Can Take Action
The best way to prevent suicide is to use a comprehensive approach that includes these key components:
- Promote emotional well-being and connectedness among members of your faith community
- Identify people who may be at risk for suicide and assist them in getting help
- Be prepared to respond to a suicide death and provide support to the survivors
- See the Recommended Resources below selected by SPRC personnel.
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- For more on other settings and groups, see our Settings and Populations pages.