Rawlings School of Divinity
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Harold D Bryant
Biblical Hope, Christian Healthcare Chaplain, Suicidal Thoughts, Recovery, Repair, Restoration
Counseling | Practical Theology | Religion
Otuorimuo, Felix O., "Fostering Hope: The Christian Healthcare Chaplain in a Caring Relationship" (2019). Masters Theses. 555.
In 2017, the data from suicide prevention resource center (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) showed an increasing rate of 10.6 million persons between the ages 18-65 that have had suicidal thoughts, a precipitating factor from hopelessness that triggers the goal of killing themselves. Given this challenge, the study seeks to understand how the Christian healthcare chaplain in a caring relationship, fosters biblical hope as spiritual care intervention to persons with suicidal thoughts to promote recovery, repair and restoration. The research was designed to use purposeful sampling to collect responses by anonymous online survey from 35 Christian healthcare chaplains (CHC) from a pluralistic chaplain ministry working in a hospital setting. The result from the survey reveals the importance of fostering hope as God’s spiritual care of healing the person with suicidal thoughts and promoting personal, family and community wellbeing. The result further reveals the necessity for specialized training in suicide prevention both at individual, seminary and hospital institutions.