On Mental Illness
The mission of Faith Connections on Mental Illness is to work with all faith communities to welcome, include, support, educate and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illness.
Faith Connections Supports Faith Communities by…
~Supporting and equipping faith community leaders as they seek
to welcome and care for those who are living with mental illness.
~Offering educational, advocacy,and support resources
to individuals who are living with mental illness.
~Providing opportunities to connect with others who are either living with
mental illness or wanting to care for those who are living with mental illness.
~Providing forums whereby mental health professionals, mental health consumers,
and people of faith can discuss issues related to faith and mental health.
~Mental Health Workshop for Clergy, Individuals, & Professionals~
On Friday, April 10th, 2015, Faith Connections on Mental Illness Conference is holding its 5th annual conference to help faith communities engage, encourage, and serve persons who suffer from mental illness and those who care for them. The day-long event is open to clergy, lay leaders, individuals, and professionals. Wake AHEC is offering optional CEUs. More information:
Embracing Troubled Minds: The Role of Faith Connections
Sponsored by Faith Connections on Mental Illness
The keynote speaker is Amy Simpson, Senior Editor of Leadership Journal, and author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission and Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry. Invited Speaker Rev. Alan Johnson, co-founder of Interfaith Network on Mental Illness, will facilitate discussions focusing on specific steps for congregations to start a mental health ministry. Guest speakers Shelly Danser and John Gilmore will lead break-out sessions.
When: Friday, April 10th, 2015, 8:00am-4:30pm
Where: St. Thomas More, Chapel Hill, NC
Cost (includes, breakfast, lunch & program materials):
$25 by 3/20/15; $35 after 3/20/15-Credit NOT included
$45 by3/20/15; $55 after 3/20/15-Includes professional credit
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
~State behaviors that evidence stigmas and fears towards those with mental illness
~Apply 10 steps for starting a Mental Health Ministry
~Implement a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaging (WISE)
Covenant for Mental Health in their congregations.
~Explain the step-by-step process for starting a spiritual support group.
~Identify local resources for enhancing mental health ministry and care.