Mental Health: A Journey Toward Wholeness For All

Our church will seek to break the silence and stigma around mental illness with a Lenten series entitled Mental Health: A Journey Toward Wholeness For All. The need is clear: Half of all adults in the United States will develop mental illness in their lifetime.

Speaker Series, Special Programs

These programs starting Monday, February 19, are meant to spark conversation in our faith community around the challenges and issues surrounding good mental health. The programs will offer information on common mental diagnoses, and how the church can foster better mental health. One evening will explore practices that can promote better mental health. There will also be separate offerings on mental health first aid courses, and a chance to hear personal stories.

Here’s the schedule. For more on any aspect of this initiative, reach Rev. Bill Roth at 704-295-4835 or broth@mpumc.org.

Monday, February 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Jubilee HallMental Health: Beginning The Conversation with Dr. Howell and Justin Perry of Perry Counseling Healing and Recovery PLLC. Childcare reservations to jwentz@mpumc.org by Thursday, February 15.

Monday, February 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Life Building – Click here to register for one of these learning sessions: Addictions with Charles Odell. Anxiety with Dr. Joshua Broman-Fulks. Depression with Dr. Mallory Fiery. Children/Youth Issues with Dr. Rebecca Tomsyck and Dr. Kamilah McKissick. Childcare reservations to jwentz@mpumc.org by Thursday, February 22.

Saturday, March 3 – An eight-hour training course on Mental Health First Aid. Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies to help someone in a crisis or non-crisis situation and where to turn for help. From 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Life Building, this training is free, open to all and led by Mental Health America of the Central Carolinas. Lunch will be provided with online registration by Thursday, March 1 ! Childcare will not be offered for this day long training.

Monday, March 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Jubilee Hall – Healing & Wholeness: The Church & Mental Health, with Dr. Howell engaging Dr. Warren Kinghorn of Duke Divinity School and Duke Medical School in conversation. Childcare reservations to jwentz@mpumc.org by Thursday, March 1.

Monday, March 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Life Building – Practices And Opportunities – Click here to register for one of these programs on Mindfulness, Spiritual Direction and Suicide Prevention. Childcare reservations to jwentz@mpumc.org by Thursday, March 8.

Monday, March 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Jubilee HallTelling Our Stories: The Journey Toward Wholeness with Beth Purdy and Martin Godwin. Childcare reservations to jwentz@mpumc.org by Thursday, March 15.

Small Group Opportunities

To promote mental health and to help us to #growdeeper in our Christian life, Faith Formation will offer Belong groups.  These groups are modeled on the traditional practice of the Wesleyan class meeting, and will mostly meet in homes, with a trained facilitator, in Charlotte’s neighborhoods. The ancient practice of group spiritual direction will offer a structure to guide the time together. These Belong groups will support us all in a journey toward wholeness through holy relationships with God and others.

For more information and to get signed up, please click here!

Additional Resources

Hope_Resource_Guide, pdf document from Saddleback Resources

Suggested Mental Health Resources, outside resources including books, local providers and local/national agencies compiled by our staff