Mental Health Ministry

 UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Free at Last Players

May 17, at 7 PM

The Free at Last Players are returning to UUS:E with a new series of skits that use humor and education to combat stigma around mental illness. Their theme for this year is “The Wizard of Oz.” Please join us for an evening of inspiration, laughs and education, from performers who have a mental health diagnosis and are enthusiastically sharing their message with the public.

NAMI Connecticut Walk

Saturday, May 22

We will be participating in the annual NAMI Connecticut Walk. The walk is in Bushnell Park in Hartford. Signup is at 9 AM and the walk begins at 10. The Unitarian Universalist Society: East team is UUS:E Walks for Mental Health Recovery. You can register for our team at www.classy.org/Walk2016 or in person at UUS:E, between the first and second services on Sundays.

Call Sarah Karstaedt at 860-875-5238 if you have any questions about signing up for the walk or if you would like to form carpools for getting to Hartford. Please join us in this fun event. The walk isn’t long and it is a fine opportunity to show your support for friends and families with lives impacted by mental illness.

Both of these events are open to everyone at UUS:E and the wider community.


MHM

Watch this space and the newsletter for upcoming
bi-yearly Mental Health Ministry Summit Meetings

The Mental Health Ministry meet as a group twice a year for a summit to discuss ideas of what members would like to do in the next six months and to affirm contact information within the group.

 

Unitarian Universalist Chalice

Unitarian Universalist Society: East, Mental Health Ministry

Mental illness is pervasive in the United States–far more than most people realize. In many faith communities, mental illness remains unspeakable. At UUS:E we are committed to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. Most importantly, UUS:E’s mental health ministry seeks to make mental illness speakable. Having a culture and climate where we can talk about depression, or any other brain disorder, is of utmost importance. Somehow, we need to make a shift in our thinking to include brain disorders the same way we consider body disorders. Whether someone has cancer or depression, they don’t expect to be shunned because of either of them, but it happens. A lot of it has to do with how we name it, what language we use to describe it. We are dealing with people who are our friends or family members, people we love. We are looking at ways to show compassion for one another. We need to connect on a very human, heart-to-heart level.

UUS:E’s Mental Health Ministry provides support and recommends resources to people who have, or have had, a mental health diagnosis in their lives, as well as people who are caring for family members and friends who have, or have had, such a diagnosis.

Mind Your Health is a support network that discusses various aspects of mental health/mental illness/brain dis-ease. If you would like to get involved, have questions, or just want to talk, contact 860-646-5151 or uuse153@sbcglobal.net.

Mental Health Caregivers Support Network is a support network for caregivers and families/friends of people with mental health issues. We meet as a group twice a year for a summit to discuss ideas of what members would like to do in the next six months and to affirm contact information within the group.

If you would like to get involved, have questions, or just want to talk, contact the office at 860-646-5151 or uuse153@sbcglobal.net.

  • Need advice on securing state and federal benefits related to mental illness? Contact Ida Gales at 860-646-5151.
  • Need advice on navigating school systems and accessing mental health resources for children? Contact Mary Young at 860-646-5151.
  • Want information on resources available through NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)? Contact Sarah Karstaedt at 860-646-5151.

Watch our Adult Programs, Classes and Ongoing Groups pages for special events and classes.

Pastoral Care Ministries

Caring for each other in times of personal challenge or crisis is at the heart of our congregational culture and mission. In partnership with the minister, UUS:E’s Pastoral Care Committee helps us carry out this very important internal ministry. For more information, click here.