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:
- Better Together: Mental Health Workshop for Family & Friends – Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 1-5 p.m.: This four-hour workshop is designed to inform and support people who have friends or family with a mental health condition. All are welcome to this FREE workshop led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Saturday, November 16th from 1-5 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran in Austin.
- Mental Health Training Conference for Faith Leaders – Thursday, January 9, 2020 or Saturday, January 25, 2020: We’re offering two opportunities to attend a “Bridges to Hope” Mental Health Training Conference for Faith Leaders led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at Gethsemane Lutheran in Austin. The conferences will include 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. Registration coming soon.