Mental Health Ministry

 UPCOMING PROGRAMS


MHM

The Next UUS:E Mental Health Ministry Summit 

is scheduled for Saturday morning, December 3rd from 9:00 to Noon in the UUS:E chapel

This summit is designed primarily as a spiritual retreat. We will:

  • Learn about labyrinths and experience a labyrinth walk with the use of personal labyrinth kits created by Bobbi Gerlits. (Note: no physical walking required!!). Bobbi says: “The labyrinth, a spiral path leading to a central point, is an ancient tool that facilitates a person’s journey inward. A labyrinth walk generally occurs in three stages: letting go, receiving inspiration, and returning to our lives with new understanding and/or awareness.” 
  • Write poetry in response to prompts designed to draw out the whole person. Rev. Josh will lead this exercise based on the work of poet George Ella Lyon and urban educator Shawn Ginwright. For a preview, check “Where I Am From.”
  • Spend time brainstorming Mental Health Activities we can pursue in the coming year. 

If you are planning to come:

  • Please contact the UUS:E office at (860) 646-5151 and let us know!
  • Please consider bringing something breakfasty to share!
  • And if you would like childcare, please contact Rev. Josh at (860) 652-8961 by noon on November 30th. 

 

The Mental Health Ministry meets 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. All are welcome: People with a mental health diagnosis (current or past); people with family members or friends who have a mental health diagnosis (current or past); caregivers and counselors; and anyone who is interested in mental health, mental illness and mental wellness! For more info, contact Rev. Josh at (860) 646-5151.

 

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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.

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.