The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s top health official commended the World Health Organization for its first ever report on suicide, which offers statistics and action steps for promoting suicide prevention as a higher priority on the global public health agenda.
Dr. Peter Landless, Health Ministries director for the Adventist Church, said the stigma of suicide could be reduced with more awareness in society and in religious organizations, which would allow people to seek help more readily.
Photos from Inter-AmericaMedal of Merit Israel Leito
Montemorelos University President Dr. Ismael Castilo (second from right) awards the Medal of Merit Israel Leito to Pastor Leito, IAD president, for his distinguished sensitivity to the needs of the church organization’s human resources, establishing new policies and making decisions in favor of individuals and their families in church employment. The medal was awarded in the presence of top IAD church leaders during the opening ceremony of Inter-America’s II Education Congress held in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Sep. 10, 2014. Image by Libna Stevens/IAD
Photos from Inter-AmericaRecycling campaign
Dozens of young people pose for a picture after gathering bags of disposable items for recycling from Heredia’s Central Park and surrounding streets during a recycling campaign in collaboration with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Costa Rica, on Aug. 24, 2014. The initiative was part of a series of activities coined as ADRAthon to promote the agency’s interest in the welfare of the public locally and globally. Images by Karol Ruiz/IAD
Photos from Inter-AmericaSurvey committee
Seventh-day Adventist leaders from the General Conference, the Inter-American Division and the South Central American Union pose for a group photo after a two-day survey committee meeting with local leaders in Panama City, Panama, Aug. 24-25, 2014. The survey committee studied and recommended that the church in Panama be approved as a union mission, thus reorganizing the South Central American Union to consist of just Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Panama Union would become the 23rd union, or church region, of the IAD once the Adventist World Church approves it next month during its annual council meetings. Image by Jose Daniel Sanchez/IAD.
Photos from Inter-AmericaParade at Oshkosh
Church leaders from the Inter-American Division lead out their delegation during a special parade at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division International Pathfinder Camporee, on August 15, 2014, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. The event drew more than 900 pathfinders from Inter-America to join the 46,000 from around the world in attendance of the five-day camporee. Image courtesy of Julio C. Javier/IAD
Photos from Inter-AmericaScholarship happiness
Kirkland Williams accepts his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Caribbean University President, Dr. Trevor Gardner during the second commencement exercise in Mandeville, Jamaica, August 10, 2014. Williams, 30, earned a full scholarship to pursue a Masters of Arts in Religion with emphasis in Biblical Studies at Yale University in Connecticut, United States. Image by Nigel Coke/IAD
Photos from Inter-AmericaSelfie shot
Abel Marquez, associate communication director for the church in Inter-America takes a photograph with Ezequiel Rueda (left) and Christian Gavilanes (right) communication leaders in North Colombia and Ecuador during a communication workshop held at Casa de la Cultura Auditorium in Bucaramanga, Colombia, August 9, 2014. More than 200 communicators used their cell phones to send a message of hope to a friend or relative who has not joined the church, as part of the NOW youth initiative. Image courtesy of North Colombia Union/IAD.