"Responding to Suicide" Named ACP 2021 Resource of the Year

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BALTIMORE, MD —Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders authored by Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers and edited by Deacon Ed Shoener and Most Rev. John P. Dolan from Ave Maria Press is the Association of Catholic Publishers’ 2021 “Resource of the Year.”

One judge emphasized that one of the strengths of this book was that it focuses on a very timely topic and is presented in an accessible way. Another noted that this helpful guide explores the psycho-social-spiritual aspects of suicide in a balanced and pastoral way that makes this book a necessary resource for those in parish ministry.

“We so much appreciate ACP’s recognition of Responding to Suicide as Resource of the Year,” said Karey Circosta, publisher and CEO of Ave Maria Press. “The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers, Deacon Ed Shoener, and Bishop John P. Dolan created a unique and much-needed book that allows pastoral leaders to better understand suicide and more effectively minister to those who are grieving. Their work is a blessing to the Church.”

The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers (ACMHM) is a lay association whose members walk with people living with a mental illness and their families to help them find the support and services that they need. ACMHM members work to eliminate the stigma and discrimination that people living with a mental illness encounter in the Church and in the world. Members strive to strengthen mental health ministry in the Catholic Church by networking and sharing resources.

The runners-up for the Resource of the Year Award are The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness by Marina Berzins McCoy from Loyola Press and Heartstorming: Creating a Place God Can Call Home by Robert Wicks from Paulist Press.

The Resource of the Year is judged by a five-person panel. They evaluate the first-place winners of the Excellence in Publishing Awards in 14 different categories based on 8 criteria that address audience appeal, potential impact on Catholic thinking, action, and faith/spirituality, and whether it would be a Catholic “classic” or best seller. Responding to Suicide was the first-place winner in the Resources for Ministry category.

The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is a membership organization of Catholic publishers, those who provide services to Catholic publishers, and individuals who work with Catholic publishers. The ACP provides opportunities for members to further the Catholic publishing industry, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with, including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.