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Spiritual Practice and Suicide Prevention: The Roles of Faith Communities in Prevention, Intervention and Crisis Response


May 15, 2021 09:29 AM

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Farha Abbasi
Assistant Professor @Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University
Dr. Farha Abbasi is a core faculty member of the Muslim Studies Program. Her areas of interest are cultural psychiatry and teaching medical students how to provide culturally appropriate care to Muslim patients. She is the founding director of the Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference. She is also the managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health and Director of the Muslim Mental Health Consortium, Michigan State University. She has served on many boards and committees including Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities American Psychiatric Association. She currently chairs the Mental Health Task Force for the Mayor of Lansing, Michigan. She works relentlessly and tirelessly towards one goal: Learning to coexist and go beyond our differences to reach the common point of peace and prosperity.
Reverend Talitha Arnold
Senior Minister @United Church of Santa Fe (United Church of Christ)
Rev. Talitha Arnold is Senior Minister of United Church of Santa Fe (United Church of Christ). A founding member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, she started and co-led its Faith Communities Task Force until 2018, helping design the “Faith.Hope.Life.” campaign and the National Weekend of Prayer for Suicide Prevention. Her mental health and suicide prevention articles have appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The Christian Century, Military Chaplains Journal, and other publications. She has spoken at Saddleback Church’s “Mental Health and the Church” conference, the Muslim Mental Health Institute, San Diego County, local congregations and interfaith organizations.
Daniel A. Roberts, D.D., D. Div., F.T.
Rabbi Emeritus @Temple Emanu El, Cleveland, Ohio
Rabbi Roberts is rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanu El, Cleveland, Ohio, where he served for over thirty-five years. He is also a Fellow in Thanatology as certified by the Association of Death Education and Counseling and has done extensive work on bereavement and mourning. Rabbi Roberts has produced a video on teenage suicide entitled Inside I Ache that has had national distribution. Rabbi Roberts is the author of a book on Clergy Retirement: Every Ending a New Beginning (published by Wipf & Stock Publishing Company) and is a co-editor with Melinda Moore of The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring their Memory, Comforting their Survivors. (published by Wipf & Stock Publishing Company) Rabbi Roberts and his wife and actress, Elaine Rembrandt, are currently living at the Balfour at Riverfront Park in Denver, CO.