RHC 2016: The Church and Mental Health
Reimagining Health Collaborative @ Duke Divinity School
- Do you or others in your congregation live with mental illness?
- Does your congregation long to promote mental health and to respond faithfully to the needs of people with mental illness, but you are not sure how?
- Are there opportunities within your congregation to learn from and walk alongside people with mental illness?
- Do you want to partner with other congregations that are faithfully and creatively engaging mental health and mental illness?
Over the course of our lives, approximately 45% of Americans will develop some form of mental illness—from depression, anxiety, and substance use to many other mental disorders like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Suicide claims 40,000 lives per year in the United States and is a leading cause of death among adolescents and adults. Living with mental illness, particularly serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is filled with both challenges and opportunities. The church must be equipped and energized to respond faithfully.
The Reimagining Health Collaborative at Duke Divinity School invites Christian congregations to partner with each other and with Duke Divinity School faculty, students, and staff, to envision and to implement faithful practices related to health and illness. This year’s cohort of congregations will focus specifically on mental health and mental illness. Further information about the program, with application materials, can be found here: https://tmc.divinity.duke.edu/programs/reimagining-health-collaborative/.
For more information, please contact DukeTMC@div.duke.edu, or Rachel Meyer, Program Director of the Reimagining Health Collaborative, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for this year’s cohort will be accepted until May 1,2016.