Responding to a suicide death: The role of first responders

Effective response by first responders in the immediate aftermath of a suicide death can play a critical role in reducing risk and promoting healing for family, friends, and the larger community by helping people who are newly bereaved to cope with the immediate crisis, created by the death. They also can lay the foundation for[…]

Preventing suicide: A handbook for pastors, chaplains and pastoral counselors.

Many pastors, chaplains and pastoral counselors play a vital role as agents of hope to people who are struggling, but most of them feel overwhelmed and unprepared to prevent suicides. Informed by her work as a psychologist, Karen Mason’s guide to suicide prevention is an essential resource for proactive pastors.

The suicide funeral (or memorial service): Honoring their memory, comforting their survivors.

To our knowledge nothing with The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors’ scope and depth has ever been published. This is an aid to anyone who will be called upon to do a funeral for the nearly 43,000 suicides in America each year. This book is designed to assist[…]

Factors that influence chaplains’ suicide intervention behavior in the Army.

We surveyed 868 Army chaplains and 410 chaplain assistants (CAs) about their role in identifying, caring for, and referring soldiers at risk of suicide to behavioral health care. We applied structural equation modeling to identify how behaviors and attitudes related to intervention behavior. In both samples, reluctance and stigma were related to intervention behaviors; efficacy[…]

Dealing With Suicide: the Needs of Clergy in Providing Pastoral Care

This report presents the results of a study commissioned to assess the specific needs of churches, religious bodies, & faith-based oganizations in relation to the suicide prevention strategy for Northern Ireland. Information is provided on the research methodology, quantitative findings, the clergy & their communities, causal explanations of suicide, theological views on suicide, the experience[…]

Voices of Strength: Sons and Daughters of Suicide Speak Out


Religion and Suicide; Exploring the Role of the Church in Deaths by Suicide in Highland, Scotland


Euthanasia: Man’s Right to die

A Model-based Analysis of Professional Practices in Suicide Prevention

Knowledge of Suicide Intervention Skills: do Crisis Line Volunteers and Clergy Differ?