Mental Health Ministries
Mental Health Ministries is an interfaith web based ministry to provide educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities. Our mission is to help faith communities be caring congregations for people living with a mental illness and those who love and care for them based on the “Caring Congregations” five step model of education, commitment, welcome, support and advocacy.
Mental Health Ministries has evolved into an ecumenical and interfaith outreach. It works with faith communities, advocacy groups, United Methodist Church community organizations and mental health professionals. The focus is on using one’s faith and spirituality as an important part of the recovery and treatment process and as a way for family members to find strength and hope in caring for a loved one with a mental illness.
Mental Health Ministries provides resources for faith communities that can be adapted to each congregation based on the needs and makeup of the worshipping community. These include a wide variety of user friendly downloadable print and DVD resources with many of the print resources available in Spanish. This website also has training curriculums and other resources developed by denominations and national groups working in the area of spirituality/faith and mental illness. Congregations can choose from this “menu” of resources and adapt them to the unique needs of each faith community.