Held: A Workshop In Support of Mental Health (Nov. 17th, 7:00 PM)

The Rev. Barbara Meyer

In the wake of an enormously contentious presidential campaign, in the midst of a global pandemic, let’s come together for a conversation about mental health and wellness. The Rev. Barbara Meyer, author of Held: Showing Up for Each Other’s Mental Health, will discuss her work and the lessons she’s learned over many years of providing mental health ministry. Tuesday evening, November 17th at 7:00. Watch our eblast or contact the UUS:E office for login information.

Rev. Barbara F. Meyers is a Unitarian Universalist community minister whose ministry focuses on mental health issues, affiliated with Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, California. She works as assistant director of Life Reaching Across to Life, a peer-support mental health center in Fremont. She is the author of The Caring Congregation Handbook and Training Manual–Resources for Welcoming and Supporting Those with Mental Disorders and their Families into Our Congregations and has produced a public access TV show, Mental Health Matters.

In Held: Showing Up for Each Other’s Mental Health, Unitarian Universalist community minister and mental health advocate, the Rev. Barbara F. Meyers, illustrates how members of liberal religious congregations can be supportive to those living with mental health problems, and their loved ones, in our congregations and society at large. Meyers addresses the fundamental elements of spiritual support—truth, hope, presence, acceptance, encouragement, authenticity, public witness, pastoral care, and safe places—with stories from real life situations and suggestions for how parishioners can provide and advocate for support in their congregations.