Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
One in five adults will experience some type or degree of a mental health concern in any given year. Severe forms of mental and emotional disorders can lead to suicidal thinking or even attempts. Because religious leaders are most often first responders to psychiatric distress and crisis, they need resources. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. It has a national network of over 160 local crisis centers “combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices." Faith-based groups, religious leaders, staff, counselors and caregivers should become familiar with and keep these resources available.