Faith Connections on Mental Illness
Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the organization describes itself as “an inter-faith coalition of faith communities dedicated to increasing understanding of mental illness through Education, Advocacy, and Support.”
Faith Connections on Mental Illness sponsors an annual, one-day conference—usually on a Friday in March.
Diocese of Virginia Mental Health Committee
The committee’s mission is to “…seek to live out the reconciling love of Jesus by offering educational programs and networking resources so that the Church may be a welcoming sanctuary for people living with mental illness.” Their work includes helping congregations in the Diocese of Virginia find ways to include those affected by mental illness in the life of the Church, connecting parishes with local and regional volunteer opportunities, providing educational resources and events in order to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
The mission of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors is to bring healing, hope, and wholeness to individuals, families, and communities by expanding and equipping spiritually grounded and psychologically informed care, counseling, and psychotherapy.
The AAPC website is intended to provide information for both association members and the public.
Interfaith Community Services
Tucson, AZ & Marana, AZ
Items of particular interest:
Worship on the Theme of Mental Health: A Guide for the Church
This pack, which can be downloaded as a PDF document was collaboratively produced by the Church of England’s mental health group and Time to Change, a mental health advocacy organization based in the UK, and edited by the Rev. Eva McIntyre to offer “…ideas and resources for churches to plan worship on the theme of mental health.” The goal is that, through worship on the theme, congregations will be able to foster a safe environment to begin conversations about mental health.