Community Health Outreach
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.
After completing a 2-hour, self-paced class, First Aiders will participate in a 6-hour, in-person, Instructor-led class. Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
This 90-minute workshop discusses the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety that may be exhibited in the elderly. It also discusses reducing stigma and ways to help those who may be experiencing depression or anxiety.
This 2-hour workshop speaks to those who take care of others and helps them learn how to give care while setting secure healthy boundaries.
Often when we care for others, we forget to care for ourselves. This 1-hour workshop encourages us to remember to take care of ourselves.
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.
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.