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Bulletin Inserts, Materials and Resources

Find practical pamphlets, articles and other materials you can use in study groups, congregational bulletins and newsletters, health fairs and information tables.

Mental Health Recovery Booklet

A pamphlet from AdvocateAurora Faith and Health Partnerships program with quick tips about how faith communities can provide support for people in their recovery journey from mental illness. Includes a list of resources designed for faith communities.

Pathways to Promise: Interfaith Ministries and Mental Illness

Pathways to Promise is an interfaith technical assistance and resource center which offers liturgical and educational materials, program models, and networking information to promote a caring ministry with people with mental illness and their families.  They have tool kits like the one below, PowerPoint templates, brochures, posters. It’s a great site for congregations on mental illness.

Mental Health Ministry Toolkit

Mental Health Ministries

Mental Health Ministries is a national organization that is a wealth of information and resources designed to help faith communities journey with people who face mental illness.

MHM has produced numerous materials on suicide prevention. Find a list of resources here. Two of their most recent resources to help educate congregations about suicide:

For more information, contact Susan Gregg-Schroeder at Mental Health Ministries at sgschroed@cox.net or visit their website at www.mentalhealthministries.net.

They also have resources for congregations on mental illness–brochures, worship resources, bulletin inserts, study guides and tool kits, and videos. See their Study Guides in English and Spanish below, but go to their website for many more resources.

Mental Illness Study Guide

La Enfermedad Mental y las Familias de Fe

Facts and Information for Faith Leaders

Everyone Can Play a Role in the Conversation about Mental Health: Fact Sheet for Faith-Based Communities – 2014
Faith and community leaders can play a significant role in helping to educate individuals and families about mental health. This fact sheet can help communities and congregations raise awareness about mental health issues and emphasize the importance of people to seek help when needed. This fact sheet can be used as a bulletin insert or announcement to faith communities about the importance of mental health issues in our communities.

Information for Faith-Based and Community Leaders – 2014
Increasing awareness of mental health issues and making it easier for people to seek help will take partners working together. Faith and community leaders can play a significant role in helping to educate individuals and families about mental health. These talking points can help faith leaders develop messages for their congregations and communities about the importance of mental health.

Guides for Setting up Conversations about Mental Illness

The Substance  Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers some nice tools and resources for setting up community conversations about mental health.

Community Conversations About Mental Health: Discussion Guide  A guide for holding a successful and productive conversation.

Information Brief.  Background information about mental health issues, treatment and support.

Planning Guide.  Ideas for ways to facilitate discussions and ideas for taking next steps.

Preventing Suicide

Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders: Supporting Life Before, During, and After a Suicidal Crisis. Supported by SAMHSA, this new resource aims to help equip leaders of all faiths with the capabilities needed to prevent suicide and provide care and comfort for those affected by suicide.

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.