Mental Health Ministries

MHM e-Spotlight - January 2009



Mental Illness & Families of FaithMental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond is a two DVD set to help educate faith communities about various mental health issues. One in four families sitting in our pews has a family member dealing with a mental illness. Yet many are suffering in silence. Through education, we can erase the stigma associated with these "no fault" illnesses and provide congregations with examples of how they can become supportive and caring communities for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

These eight shows cover a variety of mental health issues. Professionals provide important information about each illness. But mostly you will hear from real people who live with these brain disorders. Each segment presents an issue related to the experience of mental illness, puts a face to the issue and offers a message of hope. The shows are short enough to be used in a variety of settings including classes and small groups. Each segment has a discussion guide with background information, questions for discussion and where to find additional resources.


Disc 1
Coming Out of the Dark (Interfaith Introduction, (Length: 53 seconds)
Mental Illness in Different Age Groups (Length: 17:39 minutes)
Mental Illness and Families of Faith (Length: 20:50 minutes)
Understanding Depression (Length: 16:31 minutes)
Overcoming Stigma: Finding Hope (Length: 13:13 minutes)

Disc 2
Addiction and Depression (Length: 16:42 minutes)
Anxiety: Overcoming the Fear (Length: 18:49 minutes)
Teenage Depression and Suicide (Length: 14:39 minutes)
Eating Disorders: Wasting Away (Length: 12:58 minutes)
Creating Caring Congregations (Length: 10:39 minutes)

This 2 DVD set is closed captioned.

The price is $49.95 with $6.00 shipping. It can be ordered on our website or you can write a check to Mental Health Ministries and send it to the address below.


We are phasing out our VHS resources in preparation for an exciting new resource for 2009! All VHS resources have been marked down to $10 while supplies last. Ordering on line will reflect the sale price.

The price on our three DVDs, Creating Caring Congregations, Mental Health Mission Moments and Breaking the Silence: Postpartum Depression and Families of Faith, has been reduced to $19.95.

For quantity orders of any of our DVD or VHS resources, contact Susan for a reduced rate.


The Parable of the Single SockThe Parable of the Single Sock
I read the story of a well-known senator who was riding a new excursion boat up the Potomac River. It was a warm day, and the senator had removed his shoes and socks and settled back in a deck chair to wiggle his toes. His socks hung on the railing in front of him.

One of the many columnists aboard the boat observed that someone running along the deck inadvertently brushed against one of the socks. It fell over the railing and was swallowed up by the churning river. The columnist watched to see what followed next. The senator, seeing what had happened, calmly went over to the railing. He picked up the remaining sock and tossed it overboard.

I thought about how I would have been tempted to take the one remaining sock home and put it in my drawer with all the other single socks. Even though I would never retrieve the mate, it is difficult for many of us to throw away a perfectly good sock. And so our lives become full of single socks...things that have no use to us except to clutter up our lives.

As we begin this new year, maybe it is time to go through some of the drawers in our clean out all the things that serve no get down to some simple basics. It takes courage to be move forward, and that may mean throwing out our single socks, simplifying our lives and doing less of those things that ultimately help no one. Then we can chose those things in our lives that have meaning and purpose, and pursue them with gusto.

Wishing you all a blessed New Year,


Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder
Coordinator of Mental Health Ministries
6707 Monte Verde Dr.
San Diego, CA 92119