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Preventing Suicide

Preventing Suicide

A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors

by Karen Mason

"A remarkable guide for understanding the causes of suicide and how to care for the family and friends who have been shattered in its wake. This is the manual the church has been waiting for!"

—Timothy C. Tennent, president, Asbury Theological Seminary

Preventing Suicide: About the Book and Author

Preventing Suicide: About the Book and Author

In this practical handbook, psychologist Karen Mason equips ministry professionals to work with suicidal individuals.

Preventing Suicide is Possible: A Q&A with Karen Mason

Preventing Suicide is Possible: A Q&A with Karen Mason

"The best way to determine if someone is suicidal is to look for warning signs and then ask the person directly if he or she is thinking about suicide. It’s a myth that asking directly about suicide will plant the idea in an individual’s mind."

Praise for

Praise for "Preventing Suicide"

"Unequivocally the best book on suicide prevention I've ever read."—Alan T. "Blues" Baker, rear admiral and chaplain of the Marine Corps, retired

Preventing Suicide: Read an Excerpt

Preventing Suicide: Read an Excerpt

"Even as you read this chapter, there will be one US suicide every sixteen minutes. Suicide is a serious threat and must be taken seriously..."

Sobering Stats on Suicide

Sobering Stats on Suicide

While these numbers paint a grim picture, awareness of the problem is an important first step toward prevention.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

A Unique and Essential Resource

A Unique and Essential Resource

Amber M. Stamper

Mason’s work is so expansive and comprehensive; so simultaneously scientific, theologically-grounded, and practical; so well and clearly written; and so rich in resources that it will unquestionably serve as a unique and essential resource for Christian leaders and counselors.

It's Time for the Church to Get Serious

It's Time for the Church to Get Serious

Benjamin L. Corey

If we’ll throw thousands of dollars into a sound system, and millions into a building, but set aside no time or money to train people to save lives, well, I think that would mean we stopped being the people of Jesus.

Theology Kills

Theology Kills

Aric Clark

We’re not just failing to care for these people, we’re actively making it worse. Here’s hoping we learn to think and do better.

Providing Hope for Preventing Suicide

Providing Hope for Preventing Suicide

Anna Quinn

This book's essential theme, that faith is applicable both to suicide prevention and to dealing with its aftermath, held true for me in the aftermath of a friend’s death. 

Theological Reflections on Suicide

Theological Reflections on Suicide

Bruce G. Epperly

Our darkness cannot impede God’s light. Nothing can separate us from the light and love of God.

What The Church Can Do

What The Church Can Do

Adrian Warnock

It has been encouraging to me to see a significant shift in the approach of the Christian community to issues of mental health in recent years.

A Reflection for Liberals

A Reflection for Liberals

Sam Alexander

You may bristle a little at the fairly conservative language and style of Dr. Mason’s book, but that’s not enough reason to pass it by. Please, read the book anyway. Someone's life my depend on it.