Thriving not just Surviving
Mental Health Ministry Mission Statement:
To further the well-being and support of the mentally ill and their families and/or caregivers in three ways:
1) Education: Educate the people of the parish about mental illness, utilizing information from National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and other resources.
2) Support: Help the mentally ill expand their support system or network by being able to be open with more people about their illness. Build a support network for caregivers of the mentally ill as well.
3) Developing talents: Help those with mental illness to identify their talents and facilitate and/or overcome obstacles to help them to develop their gifts in positive ways.
This ministry aims to affirm the dignity of those parishioners, family members and friends who struggle with mental illness or addiction. We seek to end the stigma associated with these illnesses and to allow those who suffer with them to feel the warmth and love of our inclusive Church.
We also seek to make it easier for our parishioners and their loved ones to seek treatment and support. We recognize that stigma creates a barrier to obtaining care.
Activities & Events:
We host presentations on various mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and Mental Health First Aid workshops. We also provide information on various issues and resources in bulletin articles.
The committee meets about once a month for about an hour, according
to the schedules of the members.
Mary Ellen Singer