Support for Families Dealing with Mental Health Issues

National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month in the Foundation Classroom at 7:00 PM. All are invited to attend the "family to family counseling sessions". Please call Jack Bell @ 537-8811 if you have questions about the meeting.

 

New Social Principle

A new Social Principle addressing mental illness was adopted by the 2012 General Conference, the highest policy-setting body of The United Methodist Church. The Social Principle, “Mental Health,” declares, “No person deserves to be stigmatized because of mental illness.”

 

The rationale for “Mental Health” stated that persons with mental illness and their families have a right to be treated with respect on the basis of common humanity and accurate information. You can read more about the new Social Principle at “Mental Health.”

 

Caring Community Church

Churches can also follow up with a specific action that will have a positive impact on congregational life by becoming a “Caring Community Church.” This special program is highlighted in United Methodist Resolution #3302 Caring Communities — The United Methodist Mental Illness Network .

 

Local churches can take specific steps toward being a “Caring Community Church” by covenanting to learn more about mental illness;

making a commitment to foster attitudes of openness, eradicating stigma; and

offering hospitality to people suffering from mental illness and their families.

 

You can learn more, visit the General Board of Church & Society website and download the information at How to Become a United Methodist Caring Community.

 

More Resources

More information and resources, including a bulletin insert, are available for faith communities to observe this special week. To access faith resources on mental illness visit the following websites:

Mental Health Ministries

Pathways to Promise

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI Faithnet

Mental Illness Awareness Week

U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)