Webinar: Partnering with faith communities to promote faith, hope, and life
Research indicates people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide are increasingly turning to their faith communities and faith leaders for help and support, even before they will seek care from mental health professionals. The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention calls for the suicide prevention field to work with leaders across sectors and settings, including faith leaders from both congregational and unique ministry settings (e.g. hospital, civil, and military chaplaincy), to integrate suicide prevention into their work and organizations. Through its Faith Communities Task Force and Faith.Hope.Life. campaign, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) is committed to engaging all faiths in suicide prevention.
This free, 75-minute webinar will underscore the work of the Action Alliance's Faith Communities Task Force and its Faith.Hope.Life. campaign and explore ways the suicide prevention field can partner with faith communities to promote message of faith, hope, and reasons to live.
During the webinar, speakers will discuss:
- the important role faith leaders and faith communities play as key partners in suicide prevention efforts;
- the recently released Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders and how to implement this resource into community-based suicide prevention efforts; and
- the upcoming National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life and how to get involved in this national movement.
- Mr. Brandon Johnson, Action Alliance Faith Communities Task Force Public Sector Co-Lead; and Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Dr. Karen Mason, Action Alliance Faith Communities Task Force Member; and Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary