Faith Community

Faith leaders play an important role in helping people in the community with their spiritual, emotional and mental health. These resources are available to assist clergy with messages and information that reinforces their role in helping their congregation with accessing services in our community. 


Summit County Mental Health Services Directory - A guide to mental health resources in Summit County.

Mental Health Sermon Starters - Start a Mental Health Ministry with this online library of sermon starters.

Mental Health, Relevant Verses - These verses from the bible focus on the topic of mental health.

Sermon Outline - Changing a hopeless perspective. A sample outline with an introduction, sermon points, a biblical story, and a summary are available on this site along with a video sermon.

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services - A list of resources by county for mental health service providers and addiction services providers.

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) FaithNet - NAMI FaithNet is not a religious network but includes an effort to outreach to all religious organizations.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Community-based Faith Initiatives


People contemplating ending their lives do so out of an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair. Suicide is not about wanting to die, but is seen by the person suffering as the only way to end their unbearable physical or emotional pain.

There is hope and help is available in our community. Having an open and honest conversation about suicide can offer hope to the hopeless and help for those feeling helpless.

Learn more about Suicide Prevention Resources...

The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention - A Guidebook for Faith Leaders 

Mental Health Ministries - Resources for clergy on preventing suicide 

Increasing Collaboration, Cultural Competence and Quality of Care - A presentation from the Community & Faith Leaders Summit

Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide - A movie produced by Menno Media looks at the role of faith and suicide: Where does my loved one go now? Can they be forgiven?

Today, I Am in Control of My Future.
Faces of Hope: Jerod Jerod received services through IBH Addiction Recovery Services and Oriana House - ADM Crisis Center.
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