What do different religions say about mental health issues?

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That intriguing question will be the central focus of this weekend’s Shattering Stigma event at Montavilla United Methodist Church, hosted by that church, Folktime and Shattering Stigma.  I am really looking forward to hearing from representatives of the Jewish faith, Catholics, Native American traditions, the Muslim community and others all sharing what their faith tradition brings to the conversation on mental health and mental illness.

Shattering Stigma

Saturday, May 16th, 2-8 pm
Montavilla United Methodist Church

There will be workshops on great topics like working with and resourcing congregations around mental health, substance abuse and the faith community, mental health and spiritual emergence (I’m definitely going to that one, I don’t even know what that means and I’ve been on the planning committee!), and the workshop with my favorite title, “Recovery is possible!”

There will also be powerful keynote talks from Ron Unger, who talks about recovery from psychosis and the interaction between psychosis, creativity and spirituality; and Debbie Sanders, wife of Lake Grove Presbyterian Senior Pastor Bob Sanders, who will share how her faith has helped her navigate her life with bipolar disorder.

There’s even dinner! You can register for this event, which is sure to be jam-packed with fascinating discussion, at folktime.org/all_events.

I hope to see you there!


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