Equipping Faith Communities for Suicide Prevention & Recovery

Our region and our state have higher-than-average adult and youth suicide rates. How can faith leaders and faith communities restore hope, before and after a suicide?

Creating Hope, co-presented by Samaritan Counseling Center and NAMI Fox Valley, will explore that question. The workshop equips faith leaders and faith communities to prevent, intervene in, and minister in the wake of suicide.


8:00 to 8:30 a.m.- Registration, Breakfast, and Resource Fair

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.- Welcome and Overview

8:45 to 9:00 a.m.- One Congregation’s Story

9:00 to 9:45 a.m.- Prevention: Resiliency and Seeing the Signs of Risk

(Contributing Factors; Means Restriction; Mental Health First Aid; Wellness Screen)

9:45 to 10:00 a.m.- Break

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.- Intervention: Guiding Someone to the Help they Need

(QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)/ACT (Ask, Care, Tell); Crisis Intervention & Hope Line; Alternatives to Suicide Adult Group; Counseling & Hospitalization)

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.- Post-vention: Recovery & Grief/Loss

(Post-hospitalization/Counseling; SOS (Survivors of Suicide Grief Support Group): One Family’s Story; Recovery for a Faith Community)                      

11:30 to 11:45 a.m.- Wrap up, Certificate of Attendance, Evaluation

Lisa Schiller, Program Assistant

   (920) 954-1550


Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Grand Meridian 
2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 

$35 includes breakfast

By the end of this session, attendees will:

  1. Recognize warning signs and causes of suicide.
  2. Begin to name ways to promote mental health and resiliency.
  3. Know basic intervention principles.
  4. Learn how to train others in the faith community to intervene when someone is at risk.
  5. Understand what resources are available for grief support after a suicide.
  6. Brainstorm ways to promote healing and hope as a faith community.