As your church considers educational opportunities, remember that we can come to you! A few weeks ago Chris and I had the pleasure of visiting First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach (pictured here) to share about Comfort My People and encourage the congregation to incorporate mental health education into their programming. We have also visited Countryside Presbyterian Church in Ocala and have other programs coming up. Let us know how we can help you! Email us at myCMPcoach@gmail.com.
A simple place to start — Teach Sunday School Classes
Lead a 1-3 week class on some aspect of mental illness. The field is broad, the congregation may well have professionals in the field willing to teach, and the topics will draw different demographics of the church. The Comfort My People Coach and Rev. Chris Lieberman are available to present Sunday School classes and have developed user friendly PowerPoint and related handouts to assist any Sunday School teachers who wish to implement this idea. Email us at: myCMPcoach@gmail.com.
Or — Host NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) courses
NAMI will send trained teachers to lead Peer-to-Peer (for adults with a mental illness diagnosis), Family-to-Family (for family members of adults with a diagnosis), and Basics (for family members of a minor with a diagnosis) Courses at your church. Your church simply provides a good space for these 6-12-week courses to take place. Visit the NAMI website (www.NAMI.org) for local contact information. Call or email your local contact to set up a time or event when they can come to speak to your Sunday School teachers, guest speaker at covered dish or other event.
A weekly mental health post on the church Facebook page can be a good place to start. Members can also repost the Wellness Wednesday reflections to a broader audience. Be sure to like the Presbytery Facebook page to easily share content!
Thank you for helping break the silence and stigma surrounding mental health issues as we care for all people in our communities.
Don’t forget to end your day with the evening verse from today’s lectionary.