encourages every congregation to bring awareness, visibility, and information to its members.
Take a minute, change a life. Get Ready for Suicide Prevention Week and National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope & Life, September 10. The Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry offers tips and resources, see below.
As members of communities, it is our responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgmental way can make all the difference.
Watch the National Day of Prayer video( 1 minutes and 45 seconds)here.
1. Communicate. Let your members know about the event ahead of time. Check out sample communication aids: bulletin inserts, PowerPointpresentations, National Day of Prayer logos and graphic art, as well as tips for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
2. Plan and Pray. Plan how you will incorporate National Day of Prayerfor Faith, Hope, & Life into your regular services. Check out sample prayers for ideas about how to address the topic in sensitive and caring ways.
3. Educate. Take this opportunity to educate yourself and your faith community members about ways to “be there” for someone who is struggling, in crisis, or who has been touched by suicide in any way. Here are some online resources:
“Blessed Are the Peacemakers” Bible studies from the New Baptist Covenant for adults, youth and children to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work for justice. Download these free Bible studies here.