The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Mental Health - Wellness and Advocacy

May is Mental Health Month;  Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day are in September. September is also Recovery Month. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has information and resources for observing Mental Health Month, link here.

Recommended resources for learning more and advocacy, from Deacon Kyle Pedersen:

Suicide prevention resources

Crisis numbers:

  • 1-800-273-TALK
  • 1-800-SUICIDE


  • QPR Institute -, provides advanced training as a certified Question, Persuade, and Respond (QPR) Instructor. For first responders, crisis workers, health care professionals, and others who want to learn how to heal people considering suicide. Deacon Karen Fedorchak recommends the course and has taken it at Manchester Community College from the instructor Joseph Navarra, who teaches it to students/staff and opens it  periodically to the public.

News links:

4/27/2015: Indigenous Episcopal Voices speak out on self-harm at UN forum (Episcopal News Service)