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Faith Communities Task Force

The task force leads Action Alliance efforts to engage faith communities in suicide prevention. Accomplishments to date include the development of the Faith.Hope.Life campaign, which includes a website and many resources, and the annual National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life.

Task Force Members

Co-Leads

  • Brandon Johnson — Co-Lead, Public Sector, Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration    
  • Melinda Moore, PhD — Co-Lead, Private Sector, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University

Members

  • Farha Abbasi, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, and Faculty, Muslim Studies Program, Michigan State University
  • Daniel Adams, Director of Training, Sources of Strength
  • Miriam Ament, Founder and President, No Shame on U
  • Talitha Arnold, MDiv, Senior Minister, United Church of Santa Fe
  • Glen Bloomstrom, MDiv, MS, MA; Military Director, Living Works Education & Adjunct Professor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
  • Paul Cantz, PsyD, ABPP, Associate Professor; University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine; Adler University - Chicago
  • Chris Drapeau, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education (School Psychology), Valparaiso University
  • Christi Eaton, Executive Director, Speak2Save.org; Producer of Hope Bridge; Publisher of Crossing That Bridge
  • Mahira Elder, LLMSW, Muslim Family Services
  • Jeff Elhart, President and Owner, Elhart Automotive Campus
  • Efrem L. Epstein, Founder, Elijah's Journey (A Jewish Response to the Issues of Suicide Awareness and Prevention)
  • Kimball Gardner, Prevention by Design Director, NAMI Utah
  • Jonah Geffen, Rabbi, Congregation Shaare Zedek, New York, NY
  • Yosef Goldman, Rabbi, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel
  • Ben Goldstein, Rabbi, Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim
  • Gregory Hudnall, EdD, Executive Director, Hope4Utah, Bishop, LDS Church
  • Kalman Kaplan, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Chicago
  • Sarah Lund, DMin, Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice, United Church of Christ
  • Anne Mathews-Younes, Ed.D, D.Min, Acting Deputy Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration   
  • Karen Mason, PhD, LPC, Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Sherry Molock, PhD, Senior Advisor for Outreach and Engagement, National Institute for Mental Health
  • LaVonne Ortega, MD, MPH; Senior Advisor, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Pamela Ovwigho, PhD, Research Director, Center for Bible Engagement
  • Anita Phillips, PhD, Director of Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lancaster Bible College
  • Joshua Rivedal, Founder and Executive Director of The i'Mpossible Project, Author, International Public Speaker
  • Shannon Royce, Esq., Director, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Shauna Springer, PhD, Senior Director, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives
  • Kay Warren, Co-Founder, Saddleback Church
  • Su Yeon Lee-Tauler, Senior Research Scientist, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Suicide Care, Prevention, and Research Initiative, Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology,  Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

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