All of us share a sense of sadness and loss with those affected by suicide – victims, friends, families and communities. The conversations around suicide this week remind us that we all can play a role in supporting those experiencing a crisis that may lead to harming oneself or others.
Along with our community partners and volunteers, Church Health is here to offer mental health counsel, support and resources. We are here to help you and your community.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year.
Church Health Behavioral Health offers free 8-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings throughout the year. Registration is now open for trainings in July and August. Click below to register.
We are also available to present MHFA trainings to local community groups and congregations. If your group is interested in hosting a MHFA training, contact .
Support for Loved Ones
Supporting loved ones after a suicide can be particularly challenging. There’s a difference between platitudes and a true healing presence. This article from Church Health Reader explores how a grieving son found healing in community. Albert Hsu offers practical suggestions for how friends, family and the faith community can help in “The Healing Community: A Spiritual Discipline of Community After Suicide.”
For more information on Church Health Behavioral Health services and partners, please visit ChurchHealth.org/
Thank you for your care and concern for others.