Resources for Clergy & Faith Leaders
The resources on this page provide education and guidance for clergy and faith leaders in responding to suicide and other mental health issues in their congregations. Additional preaching resources may be found here.
An inter-lutheran journal for practitioners and teachers of pastoral care and counseling
Vol. 9, Issue 2, Fall 2012: Discussion of suicide prevention, veterans concerns, loss to suicide, a eulogy for a suicide victim and a discussion from LSPM founders.
(Download the PDF)
Many short 8-minute videos for clergy and lay leaders about how to deal with congregants who are struggling with mental illness and suicidal despair. http://inmi.us/video-series/”
ELCA Social Messages
Message on Mental Illness Adopted in November 2012, this documents details the ELCA commitment as a church to accompanying those who suffer from mental illness, to advocating for just and dignified treatment, and to praying for healing and restoration.
Message on Suicide Prevention (en Español) Adopted by Church Council of ELCA in November 1999, this document details the need for congregations to make suicide prevention an important concern in their educational and advocacy programs.
A list (faith scan) of what other faith communities are doing for mental illness and suicide prevention. (PDF)