Mental Health Ministries

Models of Ministry – What Congregations are Doing

Forum for a Better Understanding - Faith Leaders & the County of Fresno
Fresno, California


Forum for a Better UnderstandingFresno is a mostly farming community in the central valley of California with an alarming rate of suicide. The NAMI president organized a conference to educate about mental illness when she experienced no support in her synagogue for her adult son with schizophrenia. She invited faith leaders AND persons from the County of Fresno to begin a dialogue. I recently got an announcement from her about a unique mini-series, called “Forum for a Better Understanding,” on a local television station to kick off Mental Health Month. The three part series featured both faith leaders and mental health professionals working together to address faith and mental illness, suicide prevention and how to connect people with services.