During Mental Health Month in May, Mary Howle (bio) will facilitate a discussion around mental health issues, faith and a supportive role for the congregation. The final class in the series will be:
· May 16 at 9 am: Mental Illness, Church History and Modern Faith.
A look at how church history has shaped our (mis)understanding of mental illness and where the church stands today. What role can Redeemer play in not only helping our congregation, but in leading in the area of suicide prevention in the wider church?
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The first two classes in the series were:
· May 2 at 9 am: Practical Ways to Support a Person or Family who lives with Mental Illness.
It’s called the “no casserole illness” for a reason. We know how to mobilize the congregation for an upsetting new cancer diagnosis. Or a scary illness in a young child. But a protracted period of depression is exhausting for everyone and often the person doesn’t really seem to want help from anyone. By asking people who have lived with mental illness either themselves or in their families, we’ve compiled some proven ways you can be supportive. Not every suggestion works for everyone, of course. But these strategies are guaranteed to be more helpful than, “You just need to count your blessings.”
· May 9 at 9 am: First Person, Depressed: Lessons from The Pit. Recognizing when things aren’t right, combatting stigma, seeking treatment, trusting God, relying on the Body of Christ, and surviving 30 years of mental illness.
Mary Howle shares her personal story to highlight how we, as people of faith, can better recognize the early signs of mental illness in our teens and young adults, work to break down the stigma that discourages treatment, lovingly support our members with mental illnesses and our families who are caregivers, and be known as a congregation in which these topics aren’t swept under the rug.