Perspectives on Suicide Prevention Amongst Members of Christian Faith-Based Organizations

Renée Bazley, Kenneth Pakenham, Bernadette Watson

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore perspectives on suicide prevention held by members of Christian faith-based organizations (FBOs). Eight focus groups were facilitated, and five major themes were identified: perceptions of responsibility, connection to suicidal persons, equipping for suicide prevention, collaboration with professional services, and hope. Overall, Christian FBO members considered suicide prevention to be an important demonstration of their faith and values. They perceived themselves to be currently adding to suicide prevention efforts through spiritual practices and interpersonal skills, but regarded these as insufficient if considered stand-alone responses. They recognized the receipt of suicide prevention training and collaboration with professional services as necessary to be fittingly engaged as a resource for suicide prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-839
Number of pages9
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume55
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Prevention
  • Qualitative research
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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