Standing in the Shadow of Love: The Role of the Black Church in Youth Suicide Prevention

Sherry Davis Molock. January 8, 2013.


This web resource, provided by Psychology Professor and Pastor Dr. Sherry Davis Molock, identifies risk factors for suicide: stigma, isolation, "copy-cat” clusters, barriers to treatment, and access to lethal methods within the African American community, and suggests solutions for black churches.



Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Learn coping and problem-solving skills plus active use of spiritual beliefs; support for families; and values that encourage seeking help.
  • Teach the suicide risk factors within your congregation to help prevent suicide and end suicide culture.

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