Magazine article Anglican Journal

Suicide Prevention Resources to Be Launched

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Suicide Prevention Resources to Be Launched

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A new initiative that will provide Indigenous clergy with resources to help fight what has been called an epidemic of suicides in some Indigenous communities will be launched this year.

"We're hoping and praying that it will help our communities--that people will be able to talk about why people attempt suicide, and that we can reach out to them," said the Rev. Nancy Bruyere, the Anglican Church of Canada's suicide prevention co-ordinator for western Canada and the Arctic. "We're here to help."

The resources include a booklet containing practical information about how activities such as prayer walks, sharing circles, music and sports can be used to prevent suicide and foster healing, and a DVD featuring discussions of the suicide crisis and personal stories of survival and healing from Indigenous Anglican leaders. Bruyere said the resources will be distributed to Indigenous Anglican churches across Canada and in parts of the United States as well.

Bruyere, herself a survivor of two suicide attempts as a young woman, said it is important that Indigenous people see the church as a place they can go to for help. …

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