Mental Health Ministries

MHM Spotlight - July 2005

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It's summer time and the living is easy! Summer is a time for rest, recreation and renewal. It can also be a time to make intentional plans to include Sabbath time throughout the year.

This Mental Health Ministry Update will highlight some of our new resources as well as exciting new developments. We hope you find them helpful in your various ministries.

The website has been restructured to make it easier to navigate. Three new downloadable resources have been added to the page called "Free Resources, Links and Grants." The three new downloadable resources include:

National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding. This flyer includes liturgical material to help lift up this national day of prayer on October 4 this year, the Tuesday of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Famous People with Mental Illness. For some persons there is a short description. These can be used in a variety of ways with one group including selected persons on a poster for an event.

Bible Verses of Comfort for Those Struggling with a Mental Illness. This is a selection of scriptures that faith leaders can give to persons who are going through a difficult time.

Close Captioning - Thanks to the perseverance of Margaret Stanton in Virginia, the Beltsville Lions Club of and the Washington-Baltimore Annual Conference, we are in the process of close captioning our most popular video resource, "Creating Caring Congregations." This should be available in a few weeks.

Creating Caring Congregations DVD - We are also raising funds to put this resource in DVD format since the feedback from many of you is that you use the four segments of this resource separately. This resource has the story of a suicidal teen, an adult with anxiety and depression, an older adult and the presentation of a five step program for developing caring congregations. We hope to have this available in the fall.

ABC-TV Documentary - Susan, her husband and an Advisory Committee member were interviewed by a film crew from Mennonite Media for a documentary on mental illness to be aired the first week in December. Mennonite Media produced the award winning video Fierce Goodbye on suicide. Rosalynn Carter was among the many persons interviewed for this important documentary. We will keep you informed as we get more information.

Postpartum Depression - Mental Health Ministries received a small grant to provide a packet of information on postpartum depression and emotional issues related to pregnancy and childbirth to give to churches in San Diego. We are writing a brochure that clergy can give to new families and will include that with our free downloadable resources when it is completed. We are also seeking funding and working with our production company, Pacific Media Ministry, to produce a short resource on postpartum issues for churches, hospitals and military families. Donations in honor of or in memory of someone of $500 or more will be included in the credits for this video/DVD resource.

Jubilee Fund Grant - Mental Health Ministries received a grant from the California Pacific Annual Conference to provide or DVD resource, Mental Health Mission Moments, to 100 United Methodist Churches in this Conference. Churches (in the Cal-Pac Conference only) will covenant to do a simple pre and post assessment of attitudes about mental health issues after education. Rev. Rose Ann Briotte, a psychiatric chaplain in Tennessee, was very helpful in developing the assessment tool. A copy of this grant and the grant for postpartum depression are on our website. By posting these grants, it is our hope that some of the ideas might be adapted to other situations or locals.

Booth at Annual Conference - Mental Health Ministries had a booth at the California-Pacific Annual Conference and we were the recipients of one of the Conference offerings. Photos of our booth and Susan addressing the Annual Conference are on the website under Events. Mental Health Ministries might be adapted to another locale.

I encourage you to visit our website at for resources to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Grace and peace,

Susan Gregg-Schroeder