Health Ministries is a vibrant and valuable resource for congregations and related health care organizations serving members of the Susquehanna Conference.
Our emphasis is on the spiritual aspects of providing health care. We work with congregations, health care providers, and Individuals served by the Susquehanna Conference.
Congregational Health Ministries
The Congregational Health Ministries is dedicated to bringing health and wellness awareness to all congregations in the Susquehanna Conference.
Parish Nursing, Congregational Health Ministry or Director of Health Ministry is more recently being addressed as Faith Community Nursing. This specialty nursing has grown to over 15,000 registered nurses in Canada, United Kingdom, Korea, Australia, New Zealand Swaziland, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States. The Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse focuses on the whole person to emphasize wellness, disease prevention, and health promotion.
Our goal of the Parish Nurse Program is to promote wellness and bring health education to our congregations by encouraging new and beneficial use of funding health and wellness projects within and around the congregation and community.
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: 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
Below is a list of organization who provide support for mental health issues. 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.