A ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, Charlotte-based Thompson Child & Family Focus provides a wide range of prevention- and treatment-focused mental and behavioral healthcare services for children and families.
Created by clergy and laity of the Diocese of Atlanta and launched in May 2009, CareForTheTroops is a 501c3 non-profit “…meant to be an interfaith effort to help all who have mental health needs associated with the current and previous wars. …primary target audiences are not only the military member and their immediate family, but also the entire extended family system, congregation and community leaders, and civilian mental health professionals to help them better understand the military culture and trauma, and thus be better equipped to help those in need.”
CareForTheTroops was featured in the July 2009 issue of EMIN News.
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.
Save the Date!!
We are coming together for the first time as a diocese to begin building our base of Arkansas parishes that are caring communities of faith for people with mental illnesses. The one-day conference will be held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Together, we will explore spirituality and mental illness from the perspectives of persons with such illnesses and their families, mental health professionals and lay and clergy advocates. The workshop participants will identify actions to help their parishes become welcoming faith communities that minister to people with mental disorders and their loved ones.
“We want to take a realistic look at what the Church has done and not done to help parishioners facing problems with mental illness. I hope that we can come away from the workshop with a spirit of commitment for every parish to be a safe and welcoming place,” says EMIN co-coordinator Deacon Bean Murray.
Registration is free. In addition to Arkansans, all EMIN News readers are invited to attend. Plans for the conference are incomplete at this time. Details will be posted at www.eminnews.org as they are finalized.
EMIN-Arkansas is deeply grateful for the grant we received from the Keller Fund for Mission to fund this conference.