How are we going to help communities with counseling and education?
Our goal is to implement a collaborative approach with the church and community leaders!
We want to bring together community leaders, faith leaders, and other community resources to help reduce the stigma of mental health and addiction by teaching the leaders how to respond and identify mental health and addictions within the church and community.
We want to create training programs and educational opportunities for leaders to partake in and grow their understanding so they can help the congregation and community by,
1. Faith and community leaders can help educate individuals and families about mental health
2. Increasing awareness of mental health issues and making it easier for people to seek help.
3. Community connectedness and support, like that found in faith-based and other neighborhood organizations, are also important to the long-term recovery of people living with mental illnesses.
What we can do:
1. Educate your communities and congregations. Promote awareness by educating the members of your communities and congregations about mental health issues through educational forums and other opportunities Invite local mental health experts – including those who have experienced mental illness – to speak with your congregation or at community gatherings. Share facts and common myths about mental health. Support the development of a trauma-informed community. Trauma often lies beneath seemingly unrelated problems. Organize additional meetings, dinners, or other gatherings for members of your congregation or community to have conversations about mental health.
2. Identify opportunities to support people with mental illnesses. Religious and other community organizations can play an important role in supporting individuals living with mental illnesses and encouraging them to seek help.
3. Connect individuals and families to help. Strengthen the connections within your community to mental health services and support and enhance linkages between mental health, substance abuse, disability, and other social services.
4. Promote acceptance of those with mental health issues. The voices of leaders and members of faith-based and other community organizations can greatly influence attitudes about mental health conditions and those who experience them.
5. Offer free counseling to the cases that the church may feel like they cannot handle!
6. Offer free counseling to the community and develop resources!
7. Offer Group counseling, Small Groups, Education Groups, Community Events to help foster a connection and place that people fit in!