Mental Health Education
According to the Surgeon General, one in five Americans will experience a mental health disorder in any given year. And according to Mental Health First Aid USA, sixty percent of people coping with mental illness will not seek treatment. The number one reason for this? The fear of being stigmatized.
Our local houses of worship include members living with mental illness and their loved ones. Surveys show that 40% of people affected by mental health issues will first turn to their faith leaders for support and assistance.
As part of its Whole Health Initiative and in an effort to increase the conversation surrounding this important issue, Interfaith Community Services offers mental health outreach and education programs to increase awareness of mental health and connect individuals to local care resources. Services also include Mental Health First Aid courses by a certified trainer. For more information about any of our Mental Health Education programs, contact Veda Kowalski, ICS Health and Senior Services Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health First Aid
An 8-hour course addressing stigma and providing training to give initial help to adults experiencing mental health problems. Free and available on request for faith communities and other community organizations.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
An 8-hour course designed for adults who work with youth. Curriculum focuses on decreasing stigma and providing initial help to youth experiencing mental health problems. Free and available on request for faith communities and other community organizations
Mental Health Lunch and Learns
ICS presents Lunch and Learn forums open to the community to help increase knowledge about mental health issues and to help eliminate the stigma around mental illness. Each of these forums focuses on a particular topic related to mental health, featuring a local professional on the topic, as well as persons who share their lived stories. Previous forum topics have included depression, mental illness and young people, bipolar disorder, mental health issues and aging, and addiction.
The next Lunch and Learn is being planned for April 26, 2017. Be sure to check back to the ICS website for details.
Conference on Mental Illness
On April 25, 2014, ICS hosted its second major conference in two years on the subject of mental illness. "Faith Communities and Mental Illness: Mind, Body, Spirit and Community" featured a host of national and local experts speaking on a variety of mental health topics. The day-long forum offered insights and inspiration to reduce the stigma of mental illness and empower faith communities to be places of support for those dealing with mental health issues.