Suicide has been identified as the ninth most common cause of death in Canada, resulting in more deaths per year than chronic liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver. Despite how common it is, suicide remains a highly stigmatized struggle, particularly in the church. A 2017 study found that while 76% of churchgoers believe suicide is a problem that needs to be addressed in their community, and 80% of Protestant senior pastors believe their church is equipped to intervene when someone is struggling with suicidality, nearly no churchgoers who have lost a close friend or family member to suicide say that church leaders (4%) or church members (4%) were aware of their loved one’s struggles.
During this workshop, participants will better understand the lived experience of suicide. Participants will also be better equipped in knowing how to support people who struggle with suicidality and those who have been affected by it.
*There’s also a free Friday night event, and a Sunday morning lecture. Join us!
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