May Focus- Mental Health
The 250th Anniversary Task Force has identified the following ways you can pray, serve and give during the month of May. During our year-long commemoration of 250 years as a congregation serving our Lord, we also seek to move toward our vision of “A Church Engaged, A Community Healed, A World Transformed.” Please feel free to take part in as many of these activities as you feel called. See the Weekly News for more information.
What is Mental Illness? The Mental Health in Forsyth County’s website defines it this way:
A mental illness is a disease of the brain that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common disorders are: clinical depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal.
Be the living hands of Christ through PRAYER:
* Pray for all people suffering from mental health issues
* Pray for the caregivers of those dealing with mental health issues
* Pray for the loving counselors that work with mental health patients on a daily basis
* Pray for the pastors that are called to serve those with mental health issues
* Pray to reduce the stigma which is so often associated with mental health issues
Be the living hands of Christ through SERVICE:
* Bring a meal to a friend or family dealing with a mental health issue
* Advocate for mental health resources in our community
* Spend time with someone dealing with Alzheimer’s
* Become more educated about mental health issues
* Participate in a Mental Health support group
Be the living hands of Christ through giving generously to:
* The Trinity Center
Trinity Center has been committed to meeting the needs of our community for over thirty five years. Our mission to improve lives by providing exceptional care with openness, hope and faith is the foundation which drives our ongoing efforts.
Trinity Center has experienced, educated and licensed clinicians who work with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a wide range of concerns.
* Family Services
Too many individuals in our community struggle with poverty, unemployment and domestic upheaval that threaten not only the lives of their own families but also our collective future.
Family Services works to help children, families and individuals make positive, lasting changes in their lives; strengthen families; build a healthier, more stable community; and build a better future for all of us.
One of their focuses areas is Counseling for: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Relationship Issues. Helping children, adolescents and adults, and individuals, couples and families discover their own strengths to make better decisions.
* Triad Mental Health Association (aka Mental Health Association of Forsyth County) : - In addition to financial support, they offer many ways to support mental health issues with your time.