Developing suicide prevention programs for African American youth in African American churches

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2008 Jun;38(3):323-33. doi: 10.1521/suli.2008.38.3.323.

Abstract

Suicide prevention programs for African American youth in African American churches may have broad appeal because: (1) the Black Church has a strong history of helping community members, regardless of church membership; (2) African Americans have the highest level of public and private religiousness; and (3) the church can help shape religious and cultural norms about mental health and help-seeking. The proposed gatekeeper model trains lay helpers and clergy to recognize the risk and protective factors for depression and suicide, to make referrals to the appropriate community mental health resources, and to deliver a community education curriculum. Potential barriers and suggestions for how to overcome these barriers are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Crisis Intervention / methods
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Directories as Topic
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Forecasting
  • Health Education / methods
  • Health Education / organization & administration
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Organizational
  • Pastoral Care / methods
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Preventive Health Services / methods
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Preventive Health Services / trends
  • Program Development / methods
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Referral and Consultation / organization & administration
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Religion*
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide, Attempted / prevention & control
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology