MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION & AWARENESS
Hello King of Kings Family,
I am excited to share with you a new ministry opportunity that King of Kings will be offering to our congregation and community - Mental Health Education and Awareness! The first full week in October is designated as Mental Illness Awareness Week and I couldn’t think of a better time to begin this new ministry; our hope is that we will help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and provide support to those whose lives are touched by it.
1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in their lifetime; we are called to walk together as the body of Christ with our brothers and sisters, bearing one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). It is through my own experience with anxiety disorder and having people walk with me on this journey that my passion for this was sparked. I pray that this ministry can be a caring resource for those who need to know they are not alone.
As a ministry we will be supporting local chapters of mental health groups (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Health, etc), we will host mental health awareness month for the church in May, provide mental health first aid training opportunities and other educational programming throughout the year.
If you are interested in helping me shape and support this important ministry or are just curious and would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at Aprinz@kofk.org or at ext. 225 in the church office.
Check out the this powerpoint for a discussion on the ELCA’s Social Statement regarding Mental Illness and what it means to walk with our siblings in Christ who have mental illnesses. This is a great introduction to our discussion on mental health!
Mental illness awareness week
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) was established in 1990 by Congress in recognition of the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in education and awareness of mental illness. While mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, highlighting them during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. Please take this week as an opportunity to do some research on mental illnesses and how we can help break the stigma surrounding them.
Youth Mental Health 1st Aid Training on October 26th at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Burke, VA from 8-5. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. If you are interested please contact Director Alyssa at Aprinz@kofk.org for information about how to register, training fees, and carpooling opportunities for the 26th!
More than Sad Teen Depression Presentation for Parents and Adults, on Novebmer 12, in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30pm (dinner provided).
Angst: An Anxiety Documentary screening at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Burke on November 19, at 7:00p
Mental Health Resources
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Veterans Crisis Line: Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Looking for a Counselor: If you are interested in finding a mental health counselor for you or a loved one check out the sites listed below. Also, keep in mind, as of 2014 most individual and small group health insurance plans, including plans sold on the market place, are required to cover mental health and substance use disorder services.
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Pastoral Counseling of Northern Virginia: http://www.pastoralcounselingnv.com/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): "NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness." This website offers tons of resources, including programming, on different mental illnesses as well as ways to become involved in your community.