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January 22, 2018

Hope for tomorrow is a conference intended to instruct and support first responders to a completed suicide. Typically, this conference audience includes Clergy, Chaplains (hospital and university), Health Ministry Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Rescue/Ambulance Workers, and Stephen Ministers and Leaders. The following links include a brief annotated bibliography of literature and online resources on suicide and self-care for first responders as well as "Sabbath Living."

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A network featuring the work of Henri Nouwen; prayers, sermon resources, ways to show support for suicide survivors, inspiration, network resources.


Worship materials for death, grief, committal services, seasonal resources.


Help for those grieving a suicide. How do you come to terms with the suicide of someone you know?


American Association of Suicidology (AAS) 


American Association of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 


Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) 


Mental Health Ministries  


NAMI FaithNet  


Pathways to Promise  

Developing a Mental Health Ministry. Includes downloadable power points, presenter’s guides, a congregational survey, a toolkit, and many other resources:


International Bipolar Foundation  

Faith Hope Life

Faith, Hope Life: Celebrating Reasons to Live 


Suicide Prevention Resource Center  

This site includes a long list of resource links for faith communities, schools, community workers, etc.

The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention: A Guidebook.

Prevention, Intervention, response. This resource includes healing/remembrance services, ceremonies, templates, decision tree, etc.


Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition  


The Kim Foundation  

Books: Annotated Bibliography

van Deusen Hunsinger, Deborah. Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel, and Pastoral Care. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015.

Contains a section on pastoral care with survivors of suicide.

Doehring, Carrie, The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Appraoch. Revised. Louisville: John Knox, 2015.

There is a section for assessing the risk for suicide.

Groff, Kent Ira. Clergy Table Talk: Conversations in Ministry. Ed. Robert D. Cornwall. Gonzalez, FL: Energion Publications, 2012

Gulley, Phillip & James Mulholland. If Grace is True. Harper Collins.

               Two clergy perspectives on salvation and eternal justice.

Joiner, Thomas. Why People Die by Suicide. Skooium Hill Publishing.

The author is a suicide survivor and psychologist. The book reads like a text book. Great information, but a challenging read.

Rivedal, Josh. The i’Mpossible Project. Skooium Hill Publishing.

The author is a suicide survivor. This is a very uplifting book—an anthology of 50 authors who have overcome a variety of obstacles in their lives. Each story is under 1,000 words.

Townsend, Loren L, Suicide: Pastoral Responses. Nashville: Abingdon, 2006.

Chapters devoted to assessing suicide potential, vulnerability and life in Christian Community, and responding to suicide. The introduction contains a short treatise on the topic of suicide across faith traditions.

Slosson Wuellner, Flora, Feed My Shepherds: Spiritual Healing and Renewal for Those in Christian Leadership. Nashville: Upper Room, 1997.


Various Contributors: “Ask a Question: Save a Life”

Produced by the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in partnership with Nebraska DHHS, Brayan Health, SAMHSA, The Kim Foundation, UNL Public Policy Center.

The video topics include Teen Suicide Prevention, Military Suicide Prevention, Elderly Suicide Prevention. Suicide is preventable. Becoming more educated about suicide prevention we can help save lives. The myth is that talking about suicide will give somebody the idea. However, by raising the question of suicide without showing shock or disapproval shows the person you are taking them seriously, and that you are responding to the pain they are feeling. Thereby, suicide is prevented.