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Mental Health Ministry Team News

Mental Health Ministry Team logoThis page is dedicated to collecting news stories related to the Mental Health Ministry Team.

The Team seeks to include all our members and friends in the life of the church including those who are affected by mental illness, to provide opportunities to reduce stigma for those with mental health challenges, to share our stories, to educate ourselves around these issues and to remind us that we are loved as children of God, just as we are.

Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion, gender identity or socioeconomic status. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 18% of all U.S. adults experience a mental illness (ranging from no or mild impairment to significantly disabling impairment) in a given year. People affected by mental illness include our church members, our friends and families, and ourselves, as well as all the people who support those experiencing mental illness. But stigma exists around these issues. Persons with mental health issues often experience isolation, shame, silence, denial and discrimination.

To get involved, contact Parish Nurse Robin Kempster.

 

The Companionship Team has been meeting since this spring to prepare to launch Companioning at church. September 9 is “Companionship Roll-

First Church member Kerrie Hein presented a series of five seminars on Mental Health Promotion.

The Mental Health Ministry continues to move forward as we explore becoming a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged) Congregation for Mental Health

The Mental Health Promotion program on Mindfulness that was to take place on Sunday, July 8 has been postponed until August 12.

May 27, 2018, is Mental Health Sunday at First Church and throughout the United Church of Christ (UCC).