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:
- NAMI Mind Matters at Home Free Online Webinar on Thursday, March 26th from 7-8 p.m. – Join NAMI online for “We’ve Got This: How to Manage Uncertainty in Challenging Times.” While we all do our part to practice physical distancing due to the coronavirus, we recognize our efforts are causing our community unprecedented isolation and uncertainty. Join NAMI Central Texas and Simon Niblock, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, to learn how uncertainty affects our health and wellbeing, gain practical tools to developing resilience and address how to support loved ones who are vulnerable.
- Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 2nd at the Texas State Capitol – Rally and festival empowering children and families to rise above mental health stigma.
- Wellness Weekend at Gethsemane on May 16-17th – Join us for a weekend full of sharing and learning about healthy living for mind, body and spirit. Attend Saturday sessions for all ages on mental health, exercise, nutrition, sleep and meditation. Then join us on Sunday morning for healthy living themed worship services and storytelling.
- Parent/Teen Mental Health Workshops (DATE TBD) – Did you know that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24? In this powerful NAMI-led workshop, parents of teens and preteens will attend a session called “Let’s Talk! Start the Mental Health Conversation with Your Teen” while teens attend a session called “Ending the Silence” designed for middle and high school audiences.