Faith.Hope.Life. Initiative

web resource
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Accessed July 12, 2017.

Since 2009, suicide rates among youth in Indiana have risen alarmingly. Faith Communities are impacted as equally as schools, businesses and families. As a result, clergy and congregations are compelled to learn preventive strategies for loss of life among children and youth, adults and seniors. Faith.Hope.Life. is a suicide prevention resource for all faith traditions, equipping them to focus one day or Sabbath each year on values common to most faith traditions: hope, community, reasons to live, the value of life and support. The website addresses challenging questions, support and how to respond to someone who may be suicidal. Sermon starters, prayers and service planning resources, flyers, posters and graphics are downloadable. A PowerPoint webinar introduces the program in detail to help faith groups launch their own Faith.Hope.Life. initiative. These excellent suicide prevention and response materials will especially benefit church staff and pastoral care ministry teams.