Mental Health Ministries

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:" 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
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Mental Health Bulletin - PDF

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events

Where to find fact sheets and other information - PDF – Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services – wide variety of free publications from the Federal government. – National Alliance on Mental Illness – Fact sheets written for children, parents, & teens – National Institute of Mental Health website – information on mental health, getting help & taking action– School Mental Health Project Fact sheets, research, interventions, organizations, training modules – all of this and much more can be accessed here.

Specific disorders
– downloadable fact sheets on psychotic disorders
– Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation – anxiety disorders - Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions – list of support groups for depression and bipolar – suicide prevention resource center – website of Autism Research Institute
– Autism Society of America – website for the National Resource Center on ADHD
- Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms & ADHD Treatments
-- “A soft place to land for battle-weary parents.” – Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
-- includes information for children and adults; an internet support community – information on trauma, PTSD, and related issues -- 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.