The Interfaith Mental Health Coalition (IMHC) of Greater Indianapolis
The Interfaith Mental Health Coalition IMHC) of Greater Indianapolis is a collaboration between religious leaders, mental health care providers, community service organizations and government agencies to:
- educate faith community leaders about mental and emotional illnesses and the role of faith in recovery
- provide faith communities with relevant referral information to mental health and community support services
- advocate at the personal and legislative levels for better mental health services
- break the silence about mental illnesses and replace stigma with informed, supportive care
This is urgent.
- One in five adults will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in any given year.
- Fifty percent of youth have considered suicide by age fifteen; seventy five percent by age twenty-four.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Indiana youth ages 15 – 24.
- Untreated mental illnesses can lead to domestic violence, joblessness, school failure, homelessness, addictions, incarceration & suicide.
- People in distress often turn first to clergy and faith community for support.
- Many clergy want to learn to recognize, help & refer people with serious mental illnesses and addition issues.
What can you and your congregation do?
- Assign a contact person who will regularly attend four or the six monthly IMHC January – June workshops
- Recruit a mental health task force of 3-4 others within their faith community to assess congregational assets and needs
- By June 1, submit a written assessment/needs report and plans for implementing stigma-reduction, during July – December 2017.
Please RSVP one week before the meeting