Mental Health Main
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, often suffering silently. Surveys show that 40% of people affected by a 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, contact Veda Kowalski, ICS Health Education Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Available on this site are copies of the speaker presentations from our 2014 conference, a how-to-manual for organizing a similar conference in your community, and various resources for faith communities.