The Rev. Frank Page, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, with his daughter Melissa Page Strange, 32, who took her own life in 2009. Photo courtesy Frank Page

Life after suicide: Frank Page’s new mission

(RNS) As the White House unveils a new initiative to combat mental illness, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page has just written “Melissa: A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide,” about his eldest daughter, Melissa Page Strange, who committed suicide in 2009 at age 32.

The Rev. Frank Page, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, with his daughter Melissa Page Strange, 32, who took her own life in 2009. Photo courtesy Frank Page

Church leaders tackle the stigma of mental illness

(RNS) For years, Southern Baptist leader Frank Page did not share the painful details of his daughter’s suicide, fearing that some Christians might speak ill of her if they knew. Mental illness and suicide were taboo topics for many churches, seen as a kind of spiritual failure. That may be starting to change.