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Mental Illness Resource Kit
for Congregations

Astoundingly, one in five individuals in the United States today will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Many people who suffer with mental health issues will first turn to their faith leaders for support and assistance. Faith communities include members living with mental illness and their loved ones, often struggling silently.

ICS hears from many faith communities that are seeking information and resources to serve their members affected by mental illness. In response and as part of our larger efforts to help faith communities create congregational health programs, ICS has compiled this packet of materials. This "Mental Illness Resource Kit for Congregations" includes information to help congregations heighten their awareness of mental illness, listings of local care resources, ideas for taking action on this important topic and responding with care and compassion. The kit also contains information on the many education programs and support groups provided the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Southern Arizona.

Click on the Blue highlighted text below to download any of the materials in which you are interested.

IDEAS for UNDERSTANDING and ACTION. Possible uses of these flyers include bulletin inserts, articles for your congregational newsletter, distribution at health fairs or at your information desk, or inclusion in information packets for your care program, health ministry or Stephen Ministers.

WHERE TO TURN--RESOURCES. This section includes listings of local care resources and national website resources.

WORSHIP RESOURCES, including sample readings and topical information.

PROGRAM TOOLS, filled with ideas for formulating a caring and supportive congregation.

Thank you for taking an active part in this important issue. For more information, or to request printed resources for use in your congregation, please contact Terry Alexander at talexander@icstucson.org or 520.297.6049 ext. 233.