Broadmoor United Methodist Church will hold "The Conversation on Suicide Prevention" from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.
The second in the “Community Conversations: A Safe Place for Dialogue,” held in the church's Casual Worship Center, 10230 Mollylea Drive, is hosted by BUMC’s Congregational Care Ministry.
The subject of suicide will be discussed with the hope of equipping attendees with effective tools to love and support people who may be contemplating suicide.
The event will begin with a panel discussion led by Patty Rives, an international trainer with LivingWorks Education, located in Calgary, Canada. She also is a senior training coach and team leader for ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. Dr. Frank Campbell and the Rev. Ken Carroll will round out the panel. Campbell, the former executive director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, is senior consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting where he works with communities on active postvention efforts and forensic suicidology cases. Carroll leads BUMC’s Congregational Care Ministry and has been trained at Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center.
A question-and-answer session will follow.
"Community Conversations: A Safe Place for Dialogue" is an opportunity for local people of various races, religions and backgrounds to come together to explore and discuss topics that affect their lives in Baton Rouge. The event is free, and child care will be provided. Attendees are asked to reserve a seat through the church's website, www.broadmoormethodist.org, or call the church office at (225) 924-6269.
That morning, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Donnie Wilkinson will share a sermon on Christianity and suicide titled “13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About Suicide."
“Broadmoor United Methodist Church is committed to helping our community cultivate its capacity for challenging conversations," Wilkinson said. "Given the fact that our nation’s suicide rate has surged to a 30-year high, we need to talk openly and honestly about what is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The church is the perfect place to not only discover the facts about suicide but to also offer a word of hope and grace to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and may not know where to go for help.
"We will share with people warning signs to look for and what to do if they are concerned a friend or loved one may be at risk of harming themselves. We will also offer a word of consolation and hope to everyone who has lost someone special to suicide.”