This week we will tackle the particularly sensitive subject of suicide and mental health following several apparent suicides in families already touched by tragedy. Welton will speak with Rev. Violet Johnicker, an Illinois pastor who has made advocating for mental health a central part of her ministry. They will discuss this critical topic from a faith perspective and her belief that we can better support each other and remove the stigma around mental health care. Those who are thinking about suicide or know people who need emotional support are encouraged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The lifeline is free, confidential and available any time by calling 1-800-273-8255 or by visiting

Hear the full March 30, 2019 State of Belief Radio program here.

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