Ever wonder what the world would be like if the veil of stigma associated with mental illness parted? I imagine it would sound like the question and answer discussion that followed the Winchester screening of Pack Up Your Sorrows—the documentary held in Chidley Hall on September 25—or the conversations audience members shared in small groups and with clergy. People requested the microphone to speak a heartfelt question, with renewed curiosity picked up a mental health book from the church library display and took home a pamphlet about NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Pictured are film director Rob Stegman, Singer Meg Hutchinson and Jennie Payne, President of Central Middlesex NAMI. They led the audience discussion following the film screening. Sponsored by the Health Ministry with a Purpose Forum Innovation Grant, the program addressed the challenges of living with a mental illness and the importance of community education and inclusion to promote recovery. Learn about future community screenings at the film’s website.
Meet NAMI teachers, Jacquie and Judy, as they prepare class notes for the 12 week Family to Family Program held in the Tucker room on Wednesday nights this fall. The weekly series offers education on a range of mental illnesses and evidence-based treatments that promote recovery along with advocacy skills and tools to manage caregiver fatigue. This is the third time our church has hosted a Family to Family Program. Registration of twenty participations speaks to a strong community need for this training. Learn more about NAMI at nami.org. For future classes, contact Janet Hodges.
Leslie French has prepared a display in the church office lobby of new books donated by Health Ministry to the church library on a wide range of mental health issues. When passing by take a look. The titles include:
When “I” is replaced by “We,” even illness becomes wellness. I appreciate all the support that church members and the Health Ministry Committee offered during recent months to provide these faith based mental health opportunities.