The Congregational Action and Response for Mental Health (CARe) Ministry Team is dedicated to raising awareness about the need for good mental health in congregations. Mental health issues affect many persons and the church has a role to play in responding to persons with mental illness and their supporters. One in five people in the Canadian population (including our congregations) will experience a mental health challenge in any one year. One in three will have experience with a mental health challenge over their lifetime. The Synod CARe Ministry Team wants congregations to be aware of the prevalence of challenges to good mental health. CARe also wants to equip them to respond to those developing mental illness, and those in crisis.
The CARe Ministry Team is working with the West Central Area to offer a course offered through Mental Health First Aid Canada. This course originated in Australia, and is also taught in the United States. In Canada, Mental Health First Aid is a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. With the support of CARe, attendees register and pay only for food and snacks as the usual tuition fee is covered.
Registrants must attend the full course both Friday and Saturday, and attendance is limited to 25 people. Register on the following link soon!