Mental Health Ministries

May is Mental Health Month

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What You Need to Know About Mental Illness

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What You Need to Know About Mental Illness16 startling facts about mental illness.

Specific Actions Faith Communities Can Do During Mental Health Month

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Specific Actions Faith Communities Can Do During Mental Health MonthThe Chicago Archdiocese Commission on Mental Illness has put together a helpful tool that includes 16 specific actions faith communities can do during Mental Health Month…or any time of the year.

Resource Guide for Mental Health Sunday

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Widen the Welcome: Mental Health Sunday Resource Guideby UCC for Mental Health

We see Mental Health Sunday as a way for your congregation to begin or to continue to provide education and support to your members around mental health challenges.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan a Sunday with the theme: "Widen the Welcome: UCC for Mental Health"
  • Use the worship resources and church bulletin insert collected in this resource guide and available as individual files on the Web at
  • Explore the UCC kits (available at the URL above) for teaching your congregation about mental illnesses
  • Pay particular attention to future UCC MHN emails regarding mental health concerns
Prayers Concerning Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

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Prayers Concerning Mental Health and Substance Use DisordersPrayers concerning mental health and substance use disorders, including a common prayer, opening prayer for Mental Health Sunday, a prayer of invocation, three pastoral prayers, a litany of naming, and prayers of the people. This document is offered by Your Life Matters!, an initiative of the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Bulletin Inserts/Flyers
May is Mental Health Month Bulletin Insert

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May is Mental Health MonthDid you know... The magnitude of mental illness in this country is staggering. According to the Surgeon General, one in every five Americans experiences a mental disorder in any given year and half of all Americans have such disorders at some time in their lives. These illnesses of the brain affect all of us, regardless of age, gender, economic status or ethnicity.

Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents

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Mental Illness in Children & Adolescents Our youth are our future. Faith communities need to understand the affects of untreated mental illness in our children and youth. They need to make a commitment to provide education in order to help change societal attitudes about these illnesses of the brain. In breaking the silence, communities of faith can be a source of hospitality, healing and hope for young people and their families.

Children's Mental Health Week Bulletin Insert

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Children's Mental Health Week The first week of May focuses on children and youth. Children’s Mental Health Week is a bulletin insert/flyer using the green ribbon symbol.

Online Resources
May Is Mental Health Month Resources

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May is Mental Health MonthThe National Catholic Partnership on Disibility offers a host of resources designed for May is Mental Health Month: prayers, patron saint information, bulletin articles, Welcomed and Valued resource manual and DVD, Work of the Network, Community Resources and National Agencies, and personal stories.