Substance Use Disorder + Mental Health Peer Network
Faith communities can be safe, informed spaces to de-stigmatize taboos subjects like opioid addiction or depression. Resources in rural areas can be few and far between, and congregations can become champions of caring for people in their community.
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Tips For How To Help a Person With Mental Illness: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a one-stop shop for faith leaders wanting resources on mental illness Noteworthy: Things to Avoid Saying
Mental Health First Aid Training: This national group shares basic mental health trainings happening in your local area or state. Trainings can be done on one day or spread out over multiple weeks. Perfect for newcomers to the mental health conversation. Noteworthy: Mental Health trainings for rural populations, older adults, veterans, and youth
Mental Health Community Conversation Toolkit: Use these collection of resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to integrate mental health conversations in your next committee meeting, youth group gathering, or Bible study Noteworthy: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives