MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY
Churches and clergy often find themselves in the center of conversations about mental health – and trying to help persons who are addressing mental health concerns. The purpose of the Georgia Mental Health Initiative (GAMHI) is to help counter the stigma of mental illness by providing resources and encouraging innovative mental health ministries in congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Georgia.
Mental Health Initiative
The Georgia Mental Health Initiative Team (GAMHI) prioritizes mental health and wellness in the life of the region and its local congregations through programs that:
1) Cultivate welcoming, educated, and inclusive congregations by countering the stigma of mental illness and raising awareness of mental health.
2) Provide care and support to clergy and seminarians.
3) Provide resources and educational support
for Disciples congregations, clergy,
seminarians, and community members.
4) Encourage collaboration, sustainability,
and innovation of mental health ministries
in congregations and the Georgia region.
More than moodiness:
Recognizing and Responding to Mental Health Challenges
in Middle and High School Youth
Adolescence is a challenging time. If you’ve ever worked with middle schoolers or high schoolers, you may have noticed that they can be moody, frustrated, sad, or confused. But how can you tell if these are signs of typical adolescent development or more serious mental health challenges. This workshop will highlight common signs of mental health challenges in 12 – 18 year olds, and will share ideas that adults can use to help teenagers cope.
Rev. Dr. Diane Bales is the campus minister for Disciples on Campus in Georgia and a member of the regional mental health initiative. She is an associate professor of child development and an instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid.
May 30th, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
GCAL is the 24/7 hotline for accessing mental health services in Georgia, including urgent and emergency needs.
Georgia Chapter - NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. NAMI—Georgia works through 36 affiliates in Georgia offering classes, support groups, and outreach.
The mission of GMHCN is to promote recovery through advocacy, education, employment, empowerment, peer support, and self-help.
The NBA offers numerous congregational resources for worship and teaching around the issue of mental health.
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Webinar Series: SoulCare — Taking Pause in Crisis
Every Wednesday, May 2020
10:15am ET / 7:15am PT
Our Mental Health & Wellness Initiative team invites you to join us for a moment to pause and process. Over the coming weeks, we will host a series of SoulCare moments to practice self-care and prayer amidst the pandemic. Feel free to attend any or all of this webinar series. More info HERE
Mental Health America of Georgia is committed to maintaining social connectedness and educating our communities on managing stress levels, anxiety, and reducing isolation. They offer mental health awareness webinars at no cost to participants. Click the link to register.
Hope Dealers Webinar Series
Maintaining Wellness for Professionals
& Faith Leaders during COVID-19
Friday May 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM
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RAY OF HOPE PRESENTS GRIEFSHARE
Welcome everyone. Are you grieving or know someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one and needs community? Then GriefShare is the perfect place. We are so excited about this opportunity to journey with you knowing that together we can get through this season of grief; gaining tools and developing skills that will assist us in our journey toward wholeness. You are welcome to join us anytime during this 13 week session.We meet in our Chapel Breakout room which is the smaller building on our campus next to our main sanctuary.
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