Creating the Lifesaving Church: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

July 13, 20192:00 pm2:50 pm
I will invite participants to engage in conversation around mental health and suicidality in the church. The session will include parts of my story, what a lifesaving church looks like, and healthy responses to suicide/suicidality in the church community. Commonly held theology around mental illness and suicide will be challenged equally for traditionalists and progressives. It is time we stop being so heavily influenced by Puritanical theology that permeates our culture and look more deeply at the current needs for affirming spiritual communities. The issues around suicide are complex but by not talking about them, the church’s silence is killing people. It’s time to break the silence and save lives.

12:00 am Rachael Keefe