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Volunteer Chaplain Training. Module 9 Ministering in Situations Related to Suicide. © Copyright 2001 Al Henager. Use only with written permission and with proper credit. Suicide. Pastoral Care to Suicidal Persons Pastoral Care to Survivors.

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volunteer chaplain training

Volunteer Chaplain Training

Module 9

Ministering in Situations Related to Suicide

© Copyright 2001 Al Henager. Use only with written permission and with proper credit.

suicide
Suicide
  • Pastoral Care to Suicidal Persons
  • Pastoral Care to Survivors

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recognizing suicidal persons 1
Recognizing Suicidal Persons1
  • Obvious suicidal threats
  • Covert suicidal threats
    • All threats must be taken seriously
  • A number of risk factors

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risk factors for suicide 1
Risk factors for suicide1
  • Male - men succeed more often
  • Older age - succeed more often
  • A specific plan
  • The means to do it
  • Prior suicidal behavior
  • Depression
    • The leading cause of suicide attempts
    • All deeply depressed people are potential suicides (Karl Menninger)

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risk factors for suicide 15
Risk factors for suicide1
  • Crushing losses & pathological grief
  • Psychological disturbances/mental illness
  • Chronic illness
  • Recent severe losses
  • Recent severe medical problems
  • Alcoholism
  • Lack of good support system
  • Poor communication with significant others
  • Defensive family system

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a suicide attempt can be
A suicide attempt can be:
  • A cry for help
  • An attempt at manipulation
  • An expression of anger
  • An act of desperation
  • An attempt to gain sympathy/love/compassion
  • Deadly

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points to remember 1
Points to remember1
  • Only a small number of people who attempt suicide actually succeed.
  • If a person unequivocally decides to do it, they will succeed.
  • Less than 5% of those who talk of suicide express a firm decision to do it.

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pastor s role in suicidal crisis 1
Pastor’s role in suicidal crisis1
  • Recognize suicidal persons
  • Provide emergency help until referral can be made
  • Continue pastoral care to person/family
  • Help deal with underlying causes
  • Help family deal with destructive consequences
  • Do not work in isolation2

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suicide some things to know 3
Suicide, some things to know3
  • Suicidal thoughts are not restricted to “crazy” people
  • Spontaneous decisions cannot be “undone”
  • Loneliness can be stopped
  • Depression can be treated successfully
  • Concealed anger often contributes to depression
  • Drugs & alcohol create a destructive spiral
  • Debilitating injuries often result from suicide attempts
  • Committing suicide will not create love or compassion
  • The “right to die” is a fallacy

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to recover suicidal people need 1
To recover, suicidal people need1
  • Ongoing, supportive pastoral care
  • Psychotherapy to deal with underlying issues
  • Help with spiritual issues at root of their despair

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pastoral care to survivors
Pastoral care to survivors
  • Use good pastoral care skills as with anyone in crisis
  • Listen
  • Listen some more
  • Give the “ministry of presence”
  • Listen even more

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family dynamics of suicide 3
Family dynamics of suicide3
  • Unhealed shame, guilt, & rage
  • Grief wounds almost always “infected”
  • Defensive family dynamics
  • Shame, denial, & hiding often prevent them from being open to help

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working with families 3
Working with families3
  • Suicide is “tip of the iceberg” of deep problems in the family system
  • The whole family needs pastoral care
  • Often they need family therapy/counseling
  • They need persistent help in lowering their defenses
  • They can benefit from a “grief group”

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points to remember 4
Points to remember4
  • Avoid adding “prestige” to the victim
  • Glorifying the victim is a mistake
  • Need to help others “dis-identify” with the victim w/o abusing his/her character
  • Acknowledge that the person
    • Was seriously disturbed
    • Did not find a way to work through the problems

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bibliography
Bibliography

1Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing and Growth. Howard Clinebell (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1992). Pp. 235-239.

2Sullender, R. Scott and H. Newton Malony, “Should Clergy Counsel Suicidal Persons?” The Journal of Pastoral Care, Fall 1990, Vol. XLIV, No. 3, pp.203-211.

3Suicide: The Forever Decision--For Those Thinking About Suicide, and for Those who Know, Love, or Counsel Them (New Expanded Edition). Paul G. Quinett (New York: Continuum, 1992).

4Perspectives on Suicide. James T. Clemons (Ed.) (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1990). p.18.