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The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders Doty, Psy.D. Timothy

The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders

Doty, Psy.D. Timothy

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The purpose of the guidebook is to prepare leaders of faith communities to prevent, intervene and respond to the tragedy of suicide. The concept for this guidebook grew out of an increasing understanding that suicide affects a significant number ofMoreThe purpose of the guidebook is to prepare leaders of faith communities to prevent, intervene and respond to the tragedy of suicide. The concept for this guidebook grew out of an increasing understanding that suicide affects a significant number of people in all walks of life and that people often turn to their faith communities in times of crisis. Knowing how to respond in the movement of a suicidal crisis can be an anxiety-provoking experience. We hope to provide a guide to help alleviate this anxiety by providing knowledge, preparation and support within the context of a community. The goals of this guidebook are: 1. To prevent suicides from occurring within the membership of faith communities. 2. To help prepare religious leaders, pastoral care providers, staff and administrative personnel to respond to suicidal crises when they arise within the community. 3. To assist religious leaders in promoting healing after a suicide occurs within the community.This guidebook is rich in practical resources for faith leaders and others who wish to be a supportive presence for suicide prevention and for grieving families and communities after a completed suicide. If you want your faith community to be active in creating an atmosphere in which at-risk people experience alternatives to suicide, try some of the ideas in this book. - Maureen McCormack, SL, Ph.D., Sister of Loretto and Interfaith LeaderThe tragedy of suicide has been a part of the human story from very early on, and it continues to impact the lives of everyone in our community. Religious congregations have never been immune from this devastating heartbreak because it is often to our Churches, Synagogues, Mosques or other places of worship to which people in need turn for help. Preparing your congregation to respond compassionately, appropriately and intelligently is the aim of this book. - Sister Peg Maloney, Religious Sisters of Mercy, Catholic Studies Lead Faculty Regis University