Faith Communities

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 

Learn More

  • See the Recommended Resources below selected by SPRC personnel.
  • See All Resources Related to Faith Communities for a full list of materials, programs, trainings, and other information available from SPRC. Use the filters on the left to narrow your results.
  • For more on other settings and groups, see our Settings and Populations pages.
Recommended Resources
This information sheet can help faith community leaders recognize and respond to people at risk for suicide.
Faith.Hope.Life. is an initiative of the Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. It is an opportunity...
This guide suggests ways to support survivors after a suicide and offers recommendations for planning a memorial observance.
These two trainings for faith leaders on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention are each 6 hours and can be tailored for specific audiences.
This interfaith resource center offers resources for addressing mental health issues and providing crisis intervention.

All Resources Related to Faith Communities

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