CARe

CARe: Congregational Action and REsponse for Mental Health

 

CARe is a Synod-wide initiative focusing on the following priorities:

 

  • raising awareness of the reality of mental health issues in congregations;
  • educating and training lay people and rostered leaders about mental illness, and helpful responses;
  • identifying resources available to congregations; and
  • encouraging  development of local responses by congregations

This initiative has a number of goals, one of which is to assist congregations to become more informed of mental health issues in society and the church, and to share resources and ideas with the Synod.

 


May 3-9, 2021 Mental Health Week in Canada

Fast Facts about Mental Illness

What might a congregation do to focus on Mental Illness?

Litany about mental health

Benediction

Resources:

Tool Kit from Canadian Mental Health                                                                                                                                                                                            Alberta Health Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mental Health Ministries : 2021 spotlight newsletter focusing on mental health and COVID-19.  Free newsletter offering resources                                                                     produced by many different denominations                                                                                                                                Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries : free programming resources for congregations                                                                                                        Pathways to Promise Ministry : interfaith resource center offering liturgical and educational materials, program models and                                                                                          networking on mental health and other issues

Synod CARe Ministry Team Resources available from Synod Office:                                                                                                                                                          CARe bookmark                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Day to Remember those with Mental Illness (2017):  sermon and service developed by CARe Ministry Team and Worship and the                                                                                                                      Arts Ministry Team, designed for Epiphany but may be adapted                                              Care Brochure


Mental Health and the COVID-19 Crisis – March 18, 2020 article : MH and Covid 19 submitted March 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) suggests the following facts about suicide.

  • about 4000 Canadians die by suicide every year
  • suicide is the second-most common cause of death among young people
  • men in their 40s and 50s have the highest rate of suicide
  • women are three to four times more likely to attempt suicide than men, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women.

Suicide is a complicated issue and not all suicides can be prevented but CMHA suggests some means of reducing the risk of suicide:

  • Seek treatment, care and support for mental health concerns
  • Build social support networks such as family, friends, a peer support group or connections with a cultural or faith community
  • Learn good coping skills to deal with problems

Here are some additional resources you can access :

  1. www.cmha.ca/mental_health/preventing-suicide/#.WaR…
  2. Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry. http//www.lutheransuicideprevention.org/
  3. Mental Health Ministries video – Teenage Depression and suicide. Mentalhealthministries.net/resources/

CARe Video Resources

CARe has purchased two DVDs 1) Mental Health Mission Moments and 2) Stories of Healing and Hope: PTSD, Trauma and Suicide. These include short clips that could be used as sermon starters. One example follows:

Understanding depression:  1 Kings 19:1-16a ( DVD clip 2.25 minutes)

“After a dramatic showdown with the priests of Baal on Mt. Carmel, in which Elijah was victorious, Queen Jezebel, sympathetic to Baal workshop, threatened Elijah’s life.  Elijah left his servant and fled to the desert where he took refuge under a broom tree.  He wished he would die.  Instead of gathering his friends around him for support, he isolated himself.  Elijah was experiencing many of the symptoms of depression, which are still so very common today, such as lack of sleep, physical exhaustion, feeling rejected ad worthless, isolation and irrational negative thoughts about his own death.  An angel of the Lord ministered to Elijah until he was ready to return to his community. “

Please contact Synod Office to borrow these DVDs. 


Video Resources Produced by Mental Health Ministries

We have included a list of videos that are available on Mental Health Ministries’ YouTube channel. The shows will still be available on their DVDs and can be purchased on the website. The short clips are taken from the full length shows and designed to be used in worship or other settings. They are available on the DVD, Mental Health Mission Moments. Most of their full length shows, including Creating Caring Congregations, are available on the two DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond.


Mental Illness and Families of Faith

Preview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show
 – (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.


Creating Caring Congregations

Preview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show
 – (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD, Creating Caring Congregations.


Overcoming Stigma, Finding Hope

Preview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show
 – (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.


Understanding Depression

Preview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show
 – (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.


Addiction and Depression

Preview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show
 – (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.


Teenage Depression and Suicide

Preview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show
 – (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

Out of the Ashes: Transforming Trauma

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD, Stories of Healing and Hope: PTSD, Trauma and Suicide.


Mental Illness and Older Adults

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.


For Better or Worse: A Couple’s Journey with Mental Illness

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

Documentary, “Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness”, produced by Third Way Media.

Click here for more information or to purchase Shadow Voices from MennoMedia


PTSD: Healing and Hope

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD, Stories of Healing and Hope: PTSD, Trauma and Suicide.


Suicide: Healing After the Death of a Loved One

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD, Stories of Healing and Hope: PTSD, Trauma and Suicide


Eating Disorders: Wasting Away

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.


Anxiety Disorders: Overcoming the Fear

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.


Coming Out of the Dark Ecumenical Intro

Short Intro Clip (watch it on YouTube)

We hope you find these videos helpful as we work together to erase the stigma of mental illness through education and recognize the importance of faith/spirituality in the treatment and recovery process.

Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder
Coordinator of Mental Health Ministries
www.MentalHealthMinistries.net
6707 Monte Verde Dr.
San Diego, CA 92119