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Step 1: Assessing the Need for the Congregation.
- Congregational Survey to help you identify mental health concerns and interests of your congregation:
Step 2: Offering a basic understanding of various mental health concerns.
- Mental Health 101: An Introduction to Mental Health Ministry: Powerpoint
- Presenter’s Guide for Mental Health 101: PDF
- Mental Health 101 Evaluation
Step 3: Learning how to form: local interfaith mental health training coalitions, clusters of congregations, congregational mental health committees, companionship care teams
- Organizing a Mental Health Team in Your Congregation:
Powerpoint | Word | PDF
- MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY — A TOOLKIT FOR CONGREGATIONS to help you with practical activity: PDF
- A LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING COOPERATIVE, describing how you can work with neighbouring congregations and community allies to build a network. PDF
Companionship: A Ministry of Presence:
Companions are members of the congregation equipped and available to be present with the stranger and with individuals and families facing mental health challenges and illnesses. Companions share the journey of recovery. Companions minister at the congregation’s front door, during gatherings of the community and congregational fellowship, and in community settings like meals, day drop-in centers, and shelters.
If you are interested in learning more about Companionship please contact Rev. Jermine D. Alberty, M. Div. Executive Director at email@example.com
Please be in touch. If you do a small study group or offer a presentation in your congregation, please send us copies of the survey and evaluation forms you use, along with your location and a list of the participants and their role (clergy, laity, family member, peer, or mental health provider .) If you do a self-study or presentation, we encourage you to send us copies of the evaluation forms, along with the location of the self study or training, and a list of the participants and their status (clergy, layperson, mental health provider, family member, or peer – a person of experience, engaged in recovery). This will help us evaluate and revise these training and develop additional resources.