Faith-Based

This guide from the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership Steering Committee provides information to help faith leaders work with members of their congregations and their families who are facing mental health challenges. Its goal is to help faith leaders understand more about mental health, mental illness, and treatment, and help break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking the care they need.

In this article, Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., the chief executive officer of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and former executive director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF), discusses the intersection between faith and mental health and how faith communities can help address the nation’s mental health crisis.

Faith.Hope.Life.developed by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Faith Communities Task Force, is an opportunity for every faith community in the United States, regardless of creed, to support suicide prevention.

Pathways to Promise is a technical assistance and resource center for those interested in mental health ministry. They provide training and resources for faith groups who want to become more supportive, caring communities for people with mental illnesses and their families.

When someone dies by suicide, faith leaders are often called upon to provide care and support to the individual’s family members, friends, and others in the community. As faith leaders help others navigate a healthy grief journey after a suicide, they may experience unique stressors and challenges that affect their own well-being. This video highlights the importance of self-care among faith leaders and shares guidance on what faith leaders can do to care for themselves after a suicide.

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