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Bridges to Hope: A Mental Health Training for Faith Community Leaders

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St. Johns United Methodist Church

2140 Allandale Rd

Austin, TX 78756

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Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, it’s not uncommon for families and individuals experiencing mental health issues to turn to a faith leader first for help. Yet faith leaders, staff and key outreach volunteers are often lacking the information, education and resources to be the “bridge to hope” needed as people navigate serious, sometimes life-threatening, mental health issues.

If your community is ready to build bridges to hope for families and individuals living with mental illness, this is a perfect introductory 3-hour training, which features:

  • An informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders

  • Simple ideas for building “bridges to hope” for your faith community

  • A tool kit of community mental health resources

  • A tool for developing an action plan to address the needs in your community and optional post-training support

Who should attend?

  • Rabbis, imams, clergy, priests, pastors, deacons, elders

  • Staff of faith communities

  • Volunteer or lay leaders providing outreach and support for faith communities

To maximize the benefits of this training, faith communities are required to register at least two (2) faith leaders.

This training is made possible by funding from Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

For more information contact:
Karen Ranus, NAMI Austin
karen.ranus@namiaustin.org
512.420.9810 ext 1002

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