About The Way Consulting Int'l.

Saving lives, restoring hope, and  strengthening community through effective suicide prevention programs is our sole focus, and we know the best of science and practice to achieve these results.

If you are concerned about suicide in your faith community organization, or school setting, then you have come to the right place. The Way Consulting Int’l. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a comprehensive, evidence-informed health approach to preventing suicide. Our team embraces the reality that to save lives, restore hope, and strengthen communities; we must thoroughly understand and address the spectrum of needs and the many factors that can affect suicide risk and address them with activities that work.

Past efforts have demonstrated that single or isolated efforts in and of themselves will likely not reduce suicide.  In addressing suicide, focusing on one risk or one protective factor for suicide, without understanding the many challenges that may exist at multiple levels or the variety of resources available to address these challenges, is a misapplied or even a futile effort.  Because suicide is complex, our response needs to be comprehensive, targeted, and evidence-informed.  We must take a “bundled” approach and apply multiple activities to achieve desired outcomes.

Additionally, it is essential to take a life-span approach as the risks and protections for youth and young adults may differ from those of middle-aged and older adults.  Risks and protections may also differ among certain groups such as veterans, indigenous individuals, and underserved, at-risk communities.  The Way Consulting Int’l. recognizes the challenge, is aware of the evidence that must apply, and knows how to intervene with intention and precision to achieve results.  It’s time to re-think how we engage as past approaches have not yielded desired results.  Saving lives, restoring hope, and strengthening community through effective suicide prevention programs is our sole focus, and we embrace the best of science and practice to achieve these results.

Anne Mathews-Younes
President
The Way Consulting Int’l.

The E. Stanley Jones Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 2003 for charitable and educational purposes, to advance Christian causes through evangelism, and to provide humankind with a proven successful faith-based approach for suicide prevention and emotional wellness. Dr. Anne Mathews-Younes is President.  The E. Stanley Jones Foundation’s legacy of supporting emotional health and wellbeing runs deep.  Dr. E. Stanley Jones, Anne’s grandfather, experienced stress and mental suffering in the course of his work as a global missionary, teaching and preaching on every continent. This personal experience inspired Dr. Jones to take up the cause of persons with emotional illness and their families.  He envisioned a place in India where people with emotional and mental health needs could find treatment in a holistic setting that addressed mind, body, and spirit.  Jones met frequently with Dr. Karl Menninger, the world-famous Psychoanalyst, who agreed to help Jones establish a psychiatric center in India. Jones’ dream became reality when in 1945, Dr. Dagmar Norell, a Swedish Psychiatrist at the Menninger Institute, agreed to start a center for psychiatric services in Lucknow. The Nur Manzil (Palace of Light) Psychiatric Centre officially opened on December 13, 1950.

Today Nur Manzil continues to provide quality mental health care to persons from all over the Indian subcontinent. Embracing changes and developments in psychiatry, Nur Manzil is a learning and training environment for renowned mental health professionals from the world over to practice their art. The Center has been a source of effective treatment and healing to patients and their caregivers alike. Today, Nur Manzil continues to pioneer in the field of psychiatry as a charitable institution offering its unique services to the society at large without any discrimination because of religion, gender, social or economic status. Many distinguished psychiatrists from Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A., Britain and Australia have contributed greatly to the development of Nur Manzil, which is now under the full-time leadership of Indian physicians and offers a  full range of mental health professionals. Through The Way Consulting Int’l., the E. Stanley Jones Foundation recently set up a training center in suicide prevention at Nur Manzil.  Student nurses from across India will be provided suicide prevention training during their internships and up to 400 nurses will be trained each year. 

The Way Consulting, Int’l advances holistic emotional wellness and suicide prevention through offering consultation services that save lives, restore hope, and strengthen community.  Our effective suicide prevention programs combine the best of science and practice to achieve results in Faith Communities, Public, Governmental, Private Agencies and Organizations, and Educational Institutions.  Our services offer consultation, needs assessment, and evidence-based suicide prevention programs.  The Way Consulting Intl. and the E. Stanley Jones Foundation have assembled an international and interdisciplinary team of  subject matter experts in suicide prevention who share a vision for emotional health and wellbeing.

Why We Do What We Do

The pandemic has changed how we work, learn, live, and interact and brought immeasurable suffering, hardship, and personal loss to individuals, families, faith communities, governments, healthcare organizations, schools, and more. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic has also exacerbated risk factors associated with suicidal behavior among many people.   Whether managing the loss of a job, company closures, depression, addiction, family violence, and isolation; the stress resulting from COVID-19 is real.

Surgeon General Report (January 2021) acknowledges “Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S., claiming more than 47,000 lives in 2019 alone. The rates of suicide have risen more than 30 percent between 1999-2019. More people die each year die from suicide than from HIV, malaria, or breast cancer, or from war and homicide, according  to the World Health Organization (WHO).  The scope of impact from COVID-19 and the pandemic on mental health remains to be seen.

The Way Consulting Int’l. believes the time to act is now. The health issues resulting from COVID-19 are broad, deep, and multi-faceted. When viewed along with existing high rates of suicide in our nation, we must conclude that continued vertical and siloed efforts without considering horizontal and cross program linkages with other efforts leads to inefficiencies, duplication, redundancies, and diminished results. The Way Consulting Int’l. takes a blended approach and applies multiple integrated approaches, maximizing existing investments and making new investments to ensure results. The time to integrate and synchronize our many activities to prevent suicide and promote wellness is upon us and the Way Consulting Int’l. professional team knows how, on your behalf, to get this done.

“The experience of helping a fellow person in danger, or even of training in a realistic manner to be ready to give this help, tends to change the balance of power in a youth’s inner life with the result that compassion can become the master motive.”

Kurt Hahn

The Cornerstone of a Caring Culture -

Kurt Hahn who was a German educator and founder of the United World College spoke that his favorite story was the story of the Good Samaritan. In his view, it is a clear example how people who were in a position of strength to help someone in need, failed to act. It is a surprising example of how an outsider–a weaker, despised Samaritan who seeing the person in need, offered help, and in so doing, taught us what it means to be a civilized human being. Encountering this Parable of the Good Samaritan, became the passion of Hahn’s life. It focused his life’s work to help as many people as possible to fulfill their own promise, to be the best they can be, and to live with courage, compassion, and love, following the example of the Good Samaritan. This parable poses very important transformative questions for us today, questions that can serve to ensure a caring culture/community for all:

How can we live a life of ensuring significance?

Who am I, and who is my neighbor?

It was the Samaritan in the parable who helped a person in need, not because it was his job, or to seek recognition or because the person in need was from his country or ethnic group, but because The Samaritan understood that everyone was his neighbor, no one was a stranger.

Our attitudes toward one another do not depend upon who they are but upon who we are. Our neighbors are everywhere and wherever there is need, wherever our minds reach, wherever our skills can be used, that is our neighborhood. That fact is the cornerstone of a caring culture.

The Way Consulting Int’l. team subscribes fully to the concept that suicide prevention, the promotion of health and well-being, and the establishment of a caring, compassionate, and loving environment belong to all of us. When you combine that caring, compassionate and loving spirit with data, evidence and results, lives can and will be saved.

Hahn’s proposal for a loosely federated Corps of Helpers could contribute to creating a deep and sustaining culture of caring. According to Hahn, it is critical to let individuals know that they are “needed.”  Neither a proclamation nor persuasion inspires people or engenders hope. But a sense of purpose and engagement in service to others is transformational.