Faith leader training for suicide prevention available

Published 1:58 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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Faith Leaders for Life is a free suicide prevention program for faith leaders and congregations in North Carolina, sponsored through Davie Health & Human Services.

“Through a combination of training, discussion, and collaboration, faith-based communities will be able to incorporate suicide prevention programming into their congregation’s activities resulting in increased awareness and identification of people at risk as well as a reduction of stigma around suicid,” said Suzanne Wright, Davie health director.

Participants will be divided into two discussion groups, taking place on the following dates:

Group 1: May 24 and 31, and June 7, 14 and 21; and

Group 2: July 12, 19, and 26 and Aug. 2 and 9.

These groups will each complete a virtual five-week program: LivingWorks Faith, an online program designed for ministry leaders who want to learn more about preventing suicide, intervening in a crisis, and ministering to their congregations’ needs around suicide.

Over a 5-week period, this initiative will include:

• a 5-hour online training course designed for Christian faith leaders;

• evidence-based curriculum suicide care skills for prevention, intervention, and postvention in faith communities;

• insight, stories, and guidance from over a dozen faith leaders; and

• simulations to help practice and retain skill.

Applicants should be leaders within the faith community, broadly defined as faith-based entities that hold regular worship services. Leaders may be in official or unofficial leadership positions, as their congregations consider them leaders.

Applications will be accepted  May 1-15 at