Faith.Hope.Life: A new Suicide Tool for Faith Communities

Location: United States

Faith.Hope.Life: A new Tool for Faith Communities

Faith communities of all traditions have an important part to play in fostering mental health and helping prevent suicide. Faith leaders are on the “front lines” –the first people many turn to in times of emotional or spiritual crises. Moreover, our congregations offer the faith and hope needed to get through the most difficult of times. The webinar will introduce an exciting initiative entitled Faith.Hope.

Learning Objectives/Goals:
•Familiarize participants with the components of the Faith.Hope.Life Initiative
•Describe the resources on the Faith.Hope.Life website as a go to resource for the broader topic of Suicide Prevention and faith communities
•Discuss the ways that faith leaders and congregations can integrate resources to create action plans.

Speaker Bio:

Colonel (Dr.) David A. Litts, USAF (Ret)

Dr. Litts is a nationally recognized consultant in suicide prevention with a 19 year record of historic accomplishments in the field. Throughout his suicide prevention career, Dr. Litts has contributed significantly to the writing, development and distribution of publications and resources to support faith communities in recognizing and responding to suicide risk and suicide loss and currently serves as a Co-Lead, Faith Communities Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the public private partnership catalyzing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. From 2011 to 2014 he served as Executive Secretary of the Action Alliance, bringing together leaders of dozens of organizations from across the country to build the organization to one of national stature.

For eleven years after its founding, he served as a senior leader at the federally-funded national Suicide Prevention Resource Center. He has led initiatives researching stigma among U.S. soldiers and providing crisis services for the NFL, led the development and dissemination of suicide prevention policies and practices for various clinical settings, was selected by the White House as one of seven civilian experts on the Congressionally mandated DoD Suicide Prevention Task Force, and served as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General overseeing the completion of the first-ever National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. From 1996-1999, he coordinated the history-making Air Force Suicide Prevention Program, the first population-based effort to show a statistically significant decrease in suicides. In 2015, Dr. Litts received The Louis I. Dublin Award for distinguished contributions from the American Association of Suicidology.

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