This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a result. The good news is that there are tools and resources available that can support the well-being of individuals and communities.

Although 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can influence our mental health. We know that church and spirituality are often places people turn when in crisis, but we also know that most faith congregations do not talk about mental health. We want to be the kind of faith community where we are equipped to understand the nature of mental health struggles and know what to do and where to go in the event of challenges. We want people to feel safe to share their story and be supported in their spiritual journey. Now, more than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. This is why during this Mental Health Month St. Francis will be offering opportunities for further learning, prayer, and action so that individuals and families can continue to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19.

Visit http://bit.ly/SFAmentalhealth2021 to sign-up to attend these opportunities for VIRTUAL conversation around mental health and mental illness.

May 11, 7pm-8:30pm: Mental Health and Mental Illness in the Time of COVID with a panel of speakers providing a testimony of lived experience with mental illness and the impacts of COVID on mental health.

May 18, 7pm-8pm: Mental Health and Substance Abuse, a facilitated dialogue with Darryl West a substance abuse counselor who is in long-term recovery.

May 25, 7pm-8:30pm: Mental Health Resources in our Community with a panel of leaders from our community sharing what resources are available to individuals and families experiencing mental health challenges during the pandemic.

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