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SoulShop workshop in Colorado Springs offers free suicide training for churches and leaders

By Steve Rabey Religion Correspondent, Colorado Springs Gazette

Fifteen Colorado Springs young people died by suicide in 2016, followed by 15 more in 2020. These numbers have since decreased, but with the number of suicides higher than ever in the U.S., local leaders are calling for action.

“Suicide in our city, county and state is an epidemic,” said the Rev. Matt Holcombe of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, where two members took their lives in the year after he arrived in 2020.

“Suicide impacts people of every age, and the church is one of the few intergenerational institutions remaining in our society,” he said. “How can we step with faith into that space and help people have different conversations” about a difficult topic that has been “stigmatized for centuries?”

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