The resources assembled here are provided for use during worship and other spiritual gatherings in your faith community, either as part of the Faith.Hope.Life. campaign or at any time throughout the year, including after a suicide or suicide attempt. These materials promote the themes of life, hope, reasons for living, and connectedness, which are central to the campaign and to preventing suicide. They include:
The items featured in the Sampler below conform to Faith.Hope.Life. editorial guidelines. They reflect a variety of faith or spiritual traditions and perspectives, though a much wider variety will be available very soon. When that wider variety is available, we hope that, to the degree possible, most faith leaders regardless of tradition, philosophy, sect or denomination, will be able to find materials here that are useful in their ministry. Therefore, it is necessary to include materials that reflect particular theological perspectives, understanding that many users of the site will pick and choose among the materials to find resources suitable for his or her particular faith community. The very nature of this work means that all materials will not be acceptable to all faith communities. It is left to each faith leader to select those resources deemed suitable for each instance.
Below is a sampling of information and resources to support leaders as they prepare messages and plan for member gatherings related to the Faith.Hope.Life. campaign. [Note: In the near future, a much deeper and more diverse collection of resources will be available on this website. Check back, soon.]
The materials available through the Faith.Hope.Life. website reflect the theological or spiritual perspective of the contributor or the author of each piece and not necessarily the Action Alliance or the Faith Communities Task Force.
Use “As Is” or Tailor
Most of the resources on this website may be used without permission, either in their current form, or as you choose to modify them to suit the culture, language, and customs of your particular faith community. Additionally, these resources may be used as aids in developing your own messages in support of Faith.Hope.Life., with appropriate attribution. Important: Some commonly-used messages can actually contribute to the suicide risk of those that hear it. For instance, citing suicide statistics that could leave the impression that suicide is more common than it actually is, might increase the risk for certain vulnerable individuals. Please refer to the Action Alliance Framework for Successful Messaging for assistance in creating customized messaging for suicide prevention. Remember, use statistics with extreme caution.
Additional Materials Welcome
Faith.Hope.Life. campaign materials are being solicited from across a wide range of faith and spiritual perspectives on an ongoing basis and being added to this website as their review is completed. Submissions may be sent to Faith-Hope-Life@edc.org.
The Action Alliance is supported by grants (1 U79SM062297) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official endorsement by SAMHSA or DHHS for the information on this website is intended or should be inferred.
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