FBprofile2014Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 13.3 minutes.*

This year’s theme for National Suicide Prevention Week  is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected” and “will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.”

“The Suicide Prevention Day/National Suicide Prevention Week takes on a timely reminder that we need to pay attention to the cries for help and be in a position to provide education and support,” said Dr. Marleen McCabe, chair of the Committee on Mental Health for the Diocese.

The diocesan Mental Health Committee, in an effort to assist clergy, church leaders and lay pastoral care givers in their efforts to have a meaningful dialogue on mental health issues offers the adult education and discussion program, “The Church and Suicide: Compassion and Response,” available in DVD format. The program is based on the one-day conference on suicide awareness presented by the Mental Health Committee in 2011. The program has four separate discussion modules and comes with a comprehensive Facilitator’s Guide. The DVD and Guide are available free of charge to members of the Diocese of Virginia. For those outside of the Diocese of Virginia, a shipping & handling fee of $5 is requested.

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*According to the American Association of Suicidology

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