In this article, Kendra Fabel describes how her congregation cares for people experiencing thoughts of suicide. The church provides suicide prevention training to its pastoral staff and lay volunteers and has a triage team that stands ready to help with decision-making in response to a person in crisis. Their plan also calls for the creation of a care team to provide longer-term support for an at-risk person. This is a good starting place for any church considering how to minister to people despairing of life.
A Suicide Care Plan: One Church’s Model
from the Journal of Biblical Counseling 36:3 | 2022