MN Department of Health Hosts Suicide Prevention Conference for Rural Faith Leaders

There are certain topics that can be incredibly difficult to talk about, suicide being one of them. It is difficult to address an issue that touches so many people on very deep and personal levels, and that is why events such as a suicide prevention conference for rural religious leaders, organized by the Ministry of Health of Minnesota at Bemidji last Tuesday are so critical.

Guest speakers shared incredibly personal stories about loved ones they may have lost, discussed resources that have helped them, and offered open conversation about mental illness, all with the goal of educating others about how these tragedies can be avoided and how we can normalize the conversation. .

“Part of the reason I do this job is to help people, provide resources and facilitate opportunities for hope,” said Stephanie Downey, suicide prevention coordinator at the Department of Health of the United States. Minnesota.

These opportunities for hope can be fostered by conferences such as these, where religious leaders and the general public can speak on these issues without fear of the subject itself.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or thoughts, you can contact the national Suicide & Crisis Lifeline on 988, where you can call or text a support professional.

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