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:
- Mental Health Training Conference for Faith Leaders – Thursday, January 9, 2020 or Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 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. The cost is $10 and includes a light breakfast and a boxed lunch. If you are unable to attend in-person, we are offering an online streaming registration at no cost. Registrants for this option will be sent a link to view the training from 9 a.m. until noon. Online streaming registrants will not be able to participate in the afternoon working session to develop an action plan.