The Mental Health ministry was organized in 2004. Everyone has mental health, but many people will experience a mental health problem at some time in their life. This includes children, youth and adults, the rich and the poor, male and female, and all ethnic groups. For some people, the mental health problem requires medical treatment and therapy. Some individuals will struggle with persistent mental illness throughout their life. As the people of God, we need to be a caring community who is able to support others who are dealing with mental health problems or chronic mental illness. It is the mission of this ministry to provide local congregations with the resources that are needed to be caring communities of faith and advocates for the mentally ill.
This ministry supports training in Mental Health First Aid. MHFA “is the initial help given to someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until appropriate professional treatment is obtained.” "To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, please visit their website: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/" Through the special Mental Health offering received each May, our ministry can provide training in MHFA and/or Youth MHFA at no cost to local UM organizations.
For more information or questions contact:
Rev. Evelyn Madison, Chairperson
Mental Health Bulletin - PDF
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events - PDF
Where to find fact sheets and other information - PDF
http://www.samhsa.gov/ – Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services – wide variety of free publications from the Federal government.
www.nami.org – National Alliance on Mental Illness
www.kidshealth.org – Fact sheets written for children, parents, & teens
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/ – National Institute of Mental Health website
www.mentalhealthamerica.net – information on mental health, getting help & taking action
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/– School Mental Health Project Fact sheets, research, interventions, organizations, training modules – all of this and much more can be accessed here.
www.narsad.org – downloadable fact sheets on psychotic disorders
http://www.ocfoundation.org – Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
www.adaa.org – anxiety disorders
http://www.rehabilitation-center.org/addiction-resources/eating-disorders.html - Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions
www.dbsalliance.org – list of support groups for depression and bipolar
www.sprc.org – suicide prevention resource center
www.autism.com – website of Autism Research Institute
http://www.autism-society.org – Autism Society of America
http://www.help4adhd.org – website for the National Resource Center on ADHD
http://www.helpforadd.com - Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms & ADHD Treatments
http://www.conductdisorders.com -- “A soft place to land for battle-weary parents.”
http://www.ccbd.net – Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
http://www.griefnet.org -- includes information for children and adults; an internet support community
http://www.trauma-pages.com – information on trauma, PTSD, and related issues
http://suicidehotlines.com/national.html -- listing of hotlines, internet contacts, etc.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are many organizations who provide support for various mental health issues. The organizations at the beginning are a good place to start if you want fact sheets or the most recent statistics, research, etc.