Understanding and Caring for Persons Affected by Depression, Anxiety and other Mental Health Problems
When? Sunday September 30th, 2018 from 12:30pm-3:30pm. All materials provided. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more and to register please see the registration form below. Walk-ins welcome.
Why? One-in-five persons in any given year will experience a mental illness, causing distress to the person and to the person’s family members, caregivers, loved ones and friends. The distress can be compounded and confounded by confusion, anxiety and guilt about what it means to have a mental illness. Simply put, many worry that mental illness is an indication that God no longer loves them. Churches therefore must arm themselves with rudimentary knowledge, an appropriate attitude, and interpersonal skills to help persons with mental illness and those that love them.
Who? Dr. Stephen Saunders is Professor of Psychology at Marquette University (Milwaukee WI) and author of the two volume book, "A Christian Understanding of Mental Illness" (Northwestern Publishing House). He is a longstanding member of Our Father's Lutheran Church in Greenfield WI and a speaker for Doxology. He has published over 100 articles and chapters on the treatment of mental illness, stigma associated with mental illness, and on the intersection between religious faith and mental health care.
About the Presentation in Detail: In the first part of this presentation, attendees will learn basic issues related to the prevalence of mental illness and its burden of distress and impairment to the person and loving others. Of particular focus will be the stigma against mental illness that persons and their loved ones will face, including the special distress that might be experienced by Christians who are assailed by the corrupt theology of glory. Attendees will be exposed to and encouraged to adopt an appropriate Christian attitude based on the theology of the cross. The second part will focus on the basic, learnable skills and strategies to use when trying to help individuals affected by mental illness. Both private, individual skills (e.g., starting a difficult conversation; listening skills; mental health first aid; finding competent mental health professionals to whom you feel comfortable referring) and public, corporate strategies (e.g., encouraging a proper attitude among others, prayers, bulletin inserts) will be reviewed.