In the United States, almost half of adults will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. When families are struggling with mental health conditions the first place they call is the church, yet churches are often lacking the information and resources needed to help. Gethsemane Austin wants to change that.
Thanks to a grant from the ELCA, Gethsemane has launched a Mental Health Ministry Plan to include twelve workshops covering a variety of mental health topics for both adults and children as well as two mental health training conferences for faith leaders with a goal of promoting healthy living in spirit, mind and body.
Upcoming Healthy Living Events:
- Bridges to Hope: Free Virtual Mental Health Training for Clergy and Faith Leaders led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Thursday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. to noon) – This virtual training includes an informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders, simple ideas for building “bridges to hope” for your faith community, a tool kit of community mental health resources, and an opportunity to develop an action plan to address the needs in your community. All faiths welcome!
- Community Connection Initiative (ongoing) – As part of our ELCA Mental Health Ministry Grant, Gethsemane’s Community Connection Initiative is designed to help each of us work proactively to look after the mental well-being of ourselves and others. Make plans to get involved with projects that center around supporting mental health within our community. Also, acts of service support your own mental health as well!