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Necessary Conversations: The Church, Suicide, and Mental Health

For many of us, mental illness is not a theoretical issue. Instead, it manifests in many ways and, at times, can impact nearly every moment of every day.
Suicide Prevention

Add 988 to Your Contacts–The New 911 for Suicide Prevention

If you have a mental health crisis or someone you know is struggling with mental pain, do you know who or how to call for immediate help and intervention? Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness month?
Russell Moore suicide

Russell Moore: Do Christians Who Commit Suicide Go to Hell?

In a video shared on The Gospel Coalition, Russell Moore answered the difficult but often asked question, “If Christians commit suicide, do they still go to heaven?” 
assisted suicide

Canadian Church Hosts Assisted Suicide Service for Member

In March of 2022, Churchill Park United Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, hosted an assisted suicide ceremony for 86-year old Betty Sanguin. Sanguin had been suffering from ALS.
David Mora

Sacramento Man Arrested on Felony Charges Days Before Murder-Suicide Involving His Three Daughters, Church...

More details have begun to emerge regarding the tragic murder-suicide that took place at The Church in Sacramento located in California on Monday evening.
David Rowan

Florida Pastor Accused of Molesting Two Teens Dies by Suicide

66 year-old pastor David Rowan was found dead in a parking garage on Thursday, December 2 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rowan was on trial for allegedly molesting two teenage girls while serving as a guest speaker at a local church in 2014. His wound was self-inflicted.
Depression, Hopelessness, and Suicide

Being a Christian Does Not Make You Immune to Depression, Hopelessness, and Suicide

What would happen if the Church were to use this opportunity to talk about depression, hopelessness, and suicide from the pulpit? I suspect that hurting individuals might realize they are not the only ones suffering, they are loved and not judged and can get the help they need.
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Four Months After Giving Birth, Pastor’s Wife Dies by Suicide

Just months after giving birth to their fifth child, Paige Hilken, the wife of a pastor, took her own life after experiencing mental health issues.
kabul, afghanistan

Suicide Bombers Strike Kabul Airport; ‘Panicked’ Afghan Christians Still Trying to Leave

Suicide bombers struck two areas near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 72 people, including 12 U.S. service members. The attacks came shortly after reports that Christians and other vulnerable populations are being barred from government flights out of the country.
Lindsey Austin

Coming Out, Mental Health Crisis in the Background of Steve Austin’s Suicide

Recent blog posts from former pastor Steve Austin show that before his apparent suicide, he had come out as queer and his wife, Lindsey Austin, was hospitalized for significant mental health problems.
Steve Austin

Friends Mourn Steve Austin, Former Pastor and Author Who Wrote About Suicide and Mental...

Steve Austin, a former pastor who wrote candidly about his struggles with mental health, has died. 
2019 Easter Attack

UPDATE: Top Muslim Leader Arrested for ‘Aiding and Abetting’ Suicide Bombers in 2019 Easter...

A top Muslim leader has been arrested for allegedly “aiding and abetting the suicide bombers who committed the Easter Sunday carnage." The bombings took the lives of 269 people, including hero Ramesh Raju who denied entry to one of the bombers.
suicide bomber

Suicide Bomb Hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 20 Wounded

Two attackers believed to be members of a militant network blew themselves up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral during a Palm Sunday Mass on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, wounding at least 20 people, police said.
suicide prevention

Today Is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay2020

This day for suicide prevention brings awareness to everyone around the world that suicide can be prevented and how to help loved ones who are fighting suicidal thoughts.
contemplated suicide

1 in 4 Young People Have Contemplated Suicide During Pandemic

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.5 percent, or one in four adults, ages 18-24, say they have contemplated suicide in the past month as a result of the pandemic.
seacoast church

Death of Darrin Patrick Is Officially Found to Be Suicide

“We are devastated by this news," said Seacoast Church in a statement. "We will recommit ourselves to loving those around us and making sure that they truly know how precious their lives are.”
social isolation

Pandemic Linked to Surge in Domestic Violence, Suicide

Requiring people to shelter in social isolation might be a necessary measure in order to stop the spread of Covid-19, but a side effect for many is that it increases the danger they are in.
Thoughts of Suicide

What to Do When Your Child Has Thoughts of Suicide

Suicide is not something anyone wants to think about, much less become familiar with, but when you're child expresses thoughts of suicide, you may not know what to do. Here's what you as a parent can do for your child.
suicide rates in youth

Suicide Rates in Youth: An ‘enormous problem hiding in plain sight’

A new report from the CDC reveals the suicide rate in youth increased by 56 percent between 2007 and 2017. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.
pastor commits suicide

Rusty George: How My Church Navigated the Tragedy of Pastoral Suicide

How are ministry leaders to guide their congregations when a pastor commits suicide? Pastor Rusty George has personal experience navigating this tragic scenario, and he shares his thoughts on how church leaders can help their members process one of their pastors dying.
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Childhood Trauma: Developmentally Appropriate and Trauma-Informed Interventions

When treating kids with trauma, I remember these two crucial elements: therapeutic relationships are essential, and being developmentally appropriate is honoring. For the sake of children, let’s join in the play.

New Podcasts

Adam Wyatt: How To Be a Biblical Patriot, Not a Christian...

Dr. Adam Wyatt joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about how the Bible supports the idea of loving one’s country–but not nationalism–and how pastors can navigate this volatile topic.