Leroy Pickett represents the Mental Health Ministries Task Group at the Interfaith Mental Health Coalition meetings. This event, sponsored by the IMHC, promises to be well-worth your attendance. LD
Interfaith Mental Health Coalition www.interfaithmhc.org
As a member of the United Methodist Church, Northern Illinois Conference Mental Health Ministries Task Group (MHMTG) and representative to the Interfaith Mental Health Coalition (IMHC), I invite you to participate in the second major Coalition event for clergy and lay leadership in the suburban area titled A Wealth of Mental Health Resources for Your Faith Community: Developing Collaborative Relationships That Work!. The conference is being held on Tuesday October 23, 2012, 7:45 a.m. – noon, at the Abbington Banquet Facility in Glen Ellyn, IL. Register on the IHMC website.
I highly recommend our keynote speaker, Craig Rennebohm, who is nationally known for promoting effective mental health ministries at the local level. He will speak on “Faith Communities and Mental Health Services: Partners in Promoting Healing, Recovery and Wholeness.” I have been particularly impressed with his ability to meet, walk with, and help homeless people. Craig is author of the acclaimed book, Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, as well as the newly published books Mental Health Ministry: The Way of Companionship, and Organizing a Congregational Mental Health Team.
Our first conference The Mental Health Needs of Your Faith Community: How to Recognize, Respond, and Refer in November 2010, was a great success. It had over 200 people from 72 different local faith communities participate, including 59 clergy, 25 faith leaders, and 34 active lay person volunteers involved in ministries to those with mental illnesses and their families.
Surveys of clergy in our area have identified the need for educational events on mental health topics that would assist clergy and those in pastoral care roles, such as parish nurses, Stephen Ministers, chaplains, deacons, companions, befrienders, mentors, and people of faith with an interest in mental health issues. This educational event will provide such an opportunity.
Since it is a significant resource event, time will be available to meet representatives of different mental health providers who are sponsoring and exhibiting to help build potential referral connections.
There will also be an opportunity to dialogue with groups of mental health providers and faith community leaders in your local geographic area about needs, hopes, resources, and organizing possibilities.
If you have questions, feel free to contact Robert Skrocki, IMHC Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org.