The Sabbaths of Hope Initiative “an initiative being coordinated by the Pathways to Promise. Sabbaths of Hope is a mental health literacy initiative that enables clergy and other faith leaders to recognize types and symptoms of depression, provide referral and linkage to treatment options, and offer more effective support to congregants suffering from depression.
Get involved and join the movement on
Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21, 2017
We encourage faith communities to consider doing the following:
- Wear lime green or a green ribbon in solidarity to raise awareness about mental illness and post pictures on social media feed.
- Integrate mental health awareness in sermon, sacred text readings and other liturgy components.
- Setup a resource table with information on depression and other mental health topics.
TOOLS Currently Developed to Help Faith Communities
- Liturgical resources are available now for Christian and Jewish faith communities which includes: Templates for sermons, homily texts, interfaith prayers, litanies, and musical selections are provided for clergy. Bulletin inserts, prayer cards, and suggested scripture readings are also included.
Depression Response Kit — A response kit was developed to provide clergy with screening tools, a list of signs and symptoms of depression, medication information, intervention and referral guidelines, and referral options. Suicide prevention center and crisis hotline numbers were included along with clinical inpatient and outpatient resources. NIMH research materials served as the basis for many of the adapted tools for clergy use. We have access to this content and we can share with our faith leaders.
To learn more about how you can participate in the Sabbaths of Hope Weekend join us for a webinar. Dates will be announced soon or email Rev. Jermine Alberty @ email@example.com.