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Call to Clergy: Support Mental Health Challenges in Your Congregation

Mental Health Challenges in Your Congregation

To help clergy better recognize the warning signs of mental illness and avoid potential crises in their congregations, the National Council for Behavioral Health is holding a free webinar, “Call to Clergy: How to Support Mental Health Challenges in Your Congregation” on Tuesday, October 9, 1:00–2:30 pm EDT.

October 9 is the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding.

Though seldom trained about mental health problems, clergy are often called upon to support people struggling with mental health challenges. The webinar uses Mental Health First Aid, a groundbreaking public education program, to help clergy recognize the warning signs of mental illness, avert or resolve crises and connect congregants to professional, peer and other appropriate help.

Faith leaders and Mental Health First Aid instructors who have worked extensively with faith communities will share their stories and explain why Mental Health First Aid is an essential piece of a faith-based toolkit.

One in five Americans suffers from a mental illness, but the stigma around mental illness causes many to suffer in silence.

Who: Speakers: Jermine Alberty, Mental Health First Aid Training Director, Missouri Institute of Mental Health; Zahra Dashtaki, Substance Abuse Counselor, Columbia, MO.; Nathan Krause, Pastor, Olney Seventh-day Adventist Church

What: Webinar: “Call to Clergy: How to Support Mental Health Challenges in Your Congregation”

Where: Register free at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/517094554

When: Tuesday, October 9, 1:00–2:30 pm EDT

Why: To help clergy recognize the warning signs of mental illness, avert or resolve crises and connect congregants to professional, peer and other appropriate help.

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