The Role of the Clergy in Preventing Suicide

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Every day, as a member of the clergy, you provide pastoral support to people facing life’s greatest challenges such as illness, death, job loss and family breakdown. On a daily basis you help people find meaning and a sense of hope in their lives.

This unique role offers an opportunity to help people at risk of suicide, who may not initially seek support from mental health professionals or even from family members. By listening to people and getting them the help they need, you can make a difference.

You have an opportunity to prevent suicide by taking threats seriously, recognising the warning signs of suicidal behaviour and ensuring people at risk of suicide access the most appropriate care and support.

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