Trauma Response & Suicide Prevention Resources

September 18, 2020

The pandemics and “times” are causing increased despair, isolation, and loneliness which seem to be leading toward increased mental health crises, including suicide. This page provides resources for leaders and congregations to provide support in your “communities” to those who are suffering.  Send additional resources that you have found helpful to Kim Ingram.

Hope Always

As a physician and minister, Dr. Sleeth shares his personal and professional experiences with depression and suicide, challenging Christians to become part of the solution. With sound medical principles finding their rightful place beside timeless biblical wisdom, Hope Always offers the practical and spiritual tools that individuals, families, and churches need to help loved ones who are stressed and struggling.

Trauma-Informed Churches

Our mission is to equip churches to enable traumatized children, traumatized adults, and families to feel safe and be understood in churches. We seek to inform, educate, and equip churches as they support families with traumatized people.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Faith communities are a natural setting for suicide prevention. Spiritual beliefs and practices tend to help people experience greater hope and meaning in their lives. Faith communities can also provide opportunities for developing positive relationships with others and can be an important source of support during difficult times. There are many resources for faith communities on this website.

Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) is the nation’s public-private partnership for suicide prevention. In their day-to-day work, faith-based groups already contribute to suicide prevention by increasing hope, supporting emotional well-being, and fostering the development of positive social connections. Faith communities are also critical sources of support during challenging times. These groups can play an important role in identifying individuals in distress and helping them seek help. In addition, they can also support members who have lost a loved one to suicide. Resource available at this website.

4 Ways the Pandemic is Negatively Impacting People

With the Covid-19 pandemic further destabilizing our communities, relational help may seem even farther away than before. How can we support loved ones when we’re all tired of video calls – and how can we deal with members of our household who we’ve been stuck with for months? Christians want the Church to show up for those struggling with mental and relational help. Not only that – the Church can help with these issues.

Carey Niewhof discusses the ways the pandemic is negatively impacting people.

Trauma Resources from the Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth

ICTG provides various preparedness and response services, free information and networking, educational forums, and on-demand training, including a spiritual direction blog.

Four ways faith leaders can shift to trauma-informed ministry

by Danielle Tumminio Hansen in Christian Century.

Dark Night of the Soul

a reflection and comic by Rev. Charlie Baber

Share Church

Share Church has many resources including suicide prevention resources for worship, congregational care, and adult discipleship; suicide care for survivors; biblical perspectives on suicide; and, youth curriculum.  
Sign up at and then search “suicide”. Share Church is a ministry of Church of the Resurrection UMC in Kansas.

United Methodist Church of the Resurrection - Leawood

We believe investing in physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being is crucial to living into God’s call for your life. When we find ourselves amid challenging seasons, it can take a community to remind us that God’s plan for us includes a “future filled with hope.”

How to talk to loved ones when you’re worried about their mental health

Learn some ways experts say you can be there for loved ones, even if you can’t be there.

Spiritual Director or a therapist is a good resource for people experiencing difficult days.
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
If you have another resource to offer, please send it to Kim Ingram.

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