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.
- The International Association for Suicide Prevention provides materials to help plan and implement activities for World Suicide Prevention Day.
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is releasing six podcasts over the course of National Suicide Prevention Week. The free podcasts will be archived and available for download.
- The RAND Corporation’s “Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit” helps users identify whether their suicide prevention efforts are effective. The toolkit includes checklists, worksheets and templates.
- The Washington Post article, “What happens when a suicide is highly publicized in the wrong way: The suicide contagion effect,” outlines the importance of treating suicide carefully when publishing stories or pictures in the media. The article offers additional information and resources.
- The Episcopal News Service article, “Episcopalians seek to erase stigma of suicide, inspire church advocacy,” highlights personal experiences with support, education and advocacy for suicide prevention in the Church.
*According to the American Association of Suicidology