Suicide is the fifth-leading cause of death among African-Americans aged 10-24 in Tennessee as reported by The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. However, all ages are affected.
Many people within the African-American community think depression and suicide are problems for middle-class whites and many communities of faith condemn suicide as a mortal sin. These attitudes can keep troubled individuals and their loved ones from seeking the help they need, or complicate the grieving process when a suicide does occur. They can also compromise community outreach efforts. Suicide is never caused by a single event. It is the result of many factors over a period of time. Research shows that some African- Americans who die by suicide show few warning signs or symptoms of depression before the act, so awareness of the risk factors is crucial.
The First Baptist Counseling Ministry is offering a free suicide prevention training session on Saturday, June 23 from 10 am – 12 Noon at the church. The session includes a two-hour presentation of suicide prevention resources. Participants will learn about the warning signs of suicide, how to engage severely depressed or actively suicidal people and talk them out of immediate drastic action, and how to connect them with local mental health and crisis intervention resources.No professional background or prior knowledge of suicide prevention is needed to attend the session. Come and learn how you may help someone in trouble to avoid taking their life and seek the help needed. The session will be conducted by Ms. Gwen Hamer, M.A., Program Director-Education and Development, Tennessee Department of Mental Health. Two contact hours are available for participants. Call the church office (615/255-8757) to register. Walk-ins are welcome also. Don’t miss this great opportunity to help someone!
First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill is located at 625 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN with Rev. Dr. Kelly Miller Smith, Jr. as the Pastor.