Mental Health Ministry

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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.

Winter 2014 Opportunity

The UUS:E Mental Health Ministry recommends the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family to Family educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.The Manchester NAMI chapter will be offering the course beginning on February 3rd, 2014. It will be held on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at Center Congregational Church.

To register, contact Muriel at 860-268-0303 or 626muri@gmail.com.

For more information on the Family to Family course, visit the national NAMI Website.

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.

Mental Health Affinity Network 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. 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.

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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.