When "all hope seems lost," many look for a deeper meaning and purpose to life. Those reasons have traditionally been identified within the context of spirituality. Faith communities are a source of hopefulness and healing as environmental factors begin to overwhelm individuals in a time of mental health crisis.
Through curriculum designed specifically for faith congregations (like Soul Shop) Stop One provides training and tools to equip leadership and lay members, for soul safe communities.
According to Living Works, 1 in 17 adults are considering suicide at any given time. RIGHT NOW, one out of two people in most congregations are personally impacted by the reality of suicide.
It may have been through the death of a family member, friend, or co-worker. Suicide respects no boundaries.
Author and speaker Jon Jorgenson, provides a short video on Practical, Christian Thoughts on Depression and suicide.
Pastor Rick Warren has a painful personal connection to suicide. In 2013, the Warren's 27-year old son died by suicide. Here he presents a message of hope.
The Soul Shop curriculum equips congregations to minister to persons impacted by suicidal desperation. Watch the video and schedule a training before it's too late.
Suicide is a difficult conversation, especially in the church. While it is a subject whispered behind cupped hands or alluded to in the form of a prayer request, suicide is rarely confronted openly.
Insight for Living Ministries Director of Biblical Counseling, Brian Leicht, provides perspective on dealing with suicide loss.
The Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group of Madison, NJ assembled a list of books to assist survivors of faith deal with suicide loss. These books are focused on the spiritual side of healing after suicide.
3rd WEDNESDAY 6:30 - 8:30
Led by suicide loss survivor Shirley Weddle in the Library at First United Methodist Church. This group is "open," which means that new members may join at any time.
Contact Group Facilitator Shirley Weddle for login information during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1st THURSDAY 6:30 - 8:30
Rev. Dawn Anderson, started the Christian Survivors of Suicide support group 17 years after she experienced the trauma of coping with her late husband's suicide. Her curriculum is used by multiple communities of faith across the metroplex.
2nd and 4th WEDNESDAY
Ongoing support group for those who have been affected by suicide, including family members, survivors themselves, and those struggling with thoughts of suicide.
This group is meeting online at the regularly scheduled times. Until further notice, it will be remote and not on-site at First Baptist.
Please Call: 214-969-2456