Coordinators work with the Senior Pastor to provide spiritual and supportive visits and/or phone calls to members of Joy Lutheran Church (JLC) Faith Community who may be home centered, hospitalized, in care facilities, or in need of personal contact.
May is Mental Health Month
1 in 4 persons sitting in our pews has a family member struggling with mental health issues.
1 in 10 children and youth has a serious mental illness.
Many individuals with a mental health issue go first to a spiritual leader for help.
Mental Health Ministries, 2018
In response to these startling statics, the Congregational Caring Committee presented a proposal to Council in 2018 to have a Mental Health focus in 2019 at JLC. In December the proposal was approved by Council.
2019 GOALS FOCUSED ON MENTAL HEALTH:
-Education on mental illness
-Support persons with mental illness and their families by being a welcoming, inclusive place for them to participate in worship and other activities at JLC.
EDUCATION: (Co-sponsored and coordinated with Blue Counseling)
- Mental Health First Aid: In February, 29 congregational members attended this class. They learned about mental illness, substance abuse and basic skills to help an individual in crisis.
- Conversations on Drug and Alcohol Addiction:
Sunday, June 2, 3-7pm, lead by JLC Youth Director and Blue Counseling therapist, and sponsored by Thrivent, this interactive session will be a discussion with teens and their parents. Dinner will be provided. Sign-ups to come.
- Adult Education: Sunday, June 2, education hour. JLC Community Care Coordinators, will lead a discussion on “Forming Caring Congregations."
- Mental Health First Aid for Youth:
Saturday, August 24, 8-5pm. Similar to Mental Health First Aid only the focus will be on specific mental health challenges that our youth face in their daily life. This will be open to youth leaders in the Rocky Mountain Synod and within our local community. Look for sign up at a later date.
- Focus on Mental Health during Mental Health Awareness week October 6-12 by including information in church bulletin, newsletter, and website.
God wants us to care for one another and all others to care for us in our time of need. We are called to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). We welcome you to attend the activities that we have planned and welcome your suggestions on ways to apply what we have learned to the ministry of Joy Lutheran Church.