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Pathways to Promise Bulletin Inserts
Caring for the Soul: R'fuat HaNefesh - A Mental Health Resource & Study Guide
This newly available study guide, written by Rabbi Richard F. Address, was created in response to the need to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma within congregations regarding individuals and families who are dealing with mental health issues. These issues reside within every congregation of every denomination. Part of creating a caring and supportive congregation is the need to break down barriers of shame and fear that often are associated with mental health issues. This 136-page study guide should be used by lay and professional leadership within congregations to create a variety of educational programs. It includes a selection of relevant sacred texts, traditional and modern readings for use in services and support groups, sample sermons, services and programs, background information on mental illnesses, related Reform responsa and UAHC resolutions, and other resources for congregations and individuals. Order Form
Pathways to Partnership: An Awareness and Resource Guide on Mental Illness
A booklet containing information about mental illness; traditions which enable faith communities to develop a response to the needs of people with mental illness and their families; pastoral resources; congregational resources; community outreach; educational models; and sources for information and support. Available in Christian and Jewish versions. Order Form
Pathways to Understanding: Manuals and a Videotape on Ministry and Mental Illness
A manual and a videotape on ministry and mental illness. These materials provide in-depth information for students in seminary; clergy in continuing education settings; faith group staff; and laity involved in outreach and ministry programs. These resources are designed to assist in raising sensitivity to the needs of people with mental illness and their families to give expertise in responding to this population's needs; and to be a catalyst for programming and social action. The videotape is comprised of interviews with clergy, people with mental illness and family members. Order Form
Mental Illness Awareness Interfaith Worship Resources
The three booklets in this series were created in response to requests for materials to use during Mental Illness Awareness Week, which takes place the first week in October; during the month of May which is Mental Health Month; and other times during the year that are appropriate. The booklets are:
It Is Well With My Soul
- Worship Resources
- The Bible as a Resource: Materials for Sermons and Articles
- Caring Congregations: Observations and Commentary
A collection of songs, scriptures, prayers, devotions, readings and poem for African Americans who are challenged by mental illness. Published by the African American Churches Task Team on Mental Illness in St. Louis, Missouri. Available through Pathways to Promise. Order Form
Who Has Mental Illness?
A pamphlet about mental illness, resources and community outreach. Available in Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish versions. Order Form
When Mental Illness Strikes in A Family of Faith
A brochure in Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish versions for families and for clergy working with families who have a member who has mental illness. Order Form
Creating Caring Congregations (Closed-captioned)
The sharing of personal stories and experiences provides a way to give voice to those who have suffered in silence, and allows churches to begin the process of reaching out and providing compassionate care to those affected by disorders of the brain. A Discussion Guide is included that provides a brief overview of each segment and some questions to help generate discussion among group members.
This program is a project of Mental Health Ministries, an ecumenical program through the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The mission of Mental Health Ministries is to educate clergy and lay persons for the purpose of decreasing the stigma associated with mental illnesses in our faith communities. Providing resources to churches to develop a mental health program in the local church is the important first step in the inclusion and support of persons with mental illnesses and their families into the life of the church community. The sharing of personal stories and experiences provides a way to give voice to those who have suffered in silence, and allows churches to begin the process of reaching out and providing compassionate care to those affected by disorders of the brain.
This video is divided into four sections. With a total running time of under 30 minutes, it can be viewed in one sitting. Another option is to view the various sections separately to provide education and encourage discussion among specific groups in the church. A Discussion Guide is included that provides a brief overview of each segment and some questions to help generate discussion among group members. Order Form
Mental Illness and Families of Faith
Mental Illness strikes one in four families. When a family member has a mental illness, the whole family is affected. One's faith can be a source of comfort and hope. Communities of faith respond to the needs of two families impacted by mental health.
This program is a project of Mental Health Ministries, an ecumenical program through the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Order Form
Walking Together: A Training Workshop for Faith Communities Interested in Supporting People with Mental Illness
The aims of this workshop are to: Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and reduce the discrimination experienced by people with mental illness; empower those who experience mental illness to be an equal and respected member of the church community; create a safe place in our churches for those who experience mental illness; and encourage each participant to become more accepting and welcoming within their faith communities.
This workshop is built around 9 activities to enable the participants to reflect, to remember, and to understand the how and why of stigma – for an individual and for the faith group.
By understanding how stigma and discrimination are associated with mental illness how they manifest in the community, we can create an environment in which persons with mental illness can find the personhood and healing that they seek.
Originally produced by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland, NZ in collaboration with Pathways to Promise, the manual has been modified for publication in the United States. Order Form
Pathways to Promise has created bulletin inserts utilizing quotations from the Bible and appropriate graphics. These resources can be used during May, which is Mental Health Month; during Mental Illness Awareness Week, which is the first week of October; or at a time of the year that is appropriate for your faith community.
Rabbi Who Sinned?
A bulletin insert for congregations giving the myths and realities about mental illness. Order Form
Outreach to People with Mental Illness and Their Families, a packet of four bulletin inserts:
Children and Mental Disorders: Myths and Facts
- Reaching Out to Someone Who has Mental Illness
I was a stranger and you took me in. Matthew 25:35
- Mental Illness: Community Outreach
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect of show your hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without know it. Hebrews 13:1-2
- Creating Caring Congregations for People with Mental Illness and Their Families
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12
- Responding to People with Mental Illness in the Congregation and in the Community
And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with they God? Micah 6:8
And whosoever shall give drink unto one of the little ones a cup of cold water, he shall in no wise lose his reward. Matthew 10:42 Order Form
Putting the Pieces Together: Correcting the Myths of Mental Health and Aging
Give Justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy. Psalm 82:3-4
Available in a Christian and in a Jewish version. Order Form