Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

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? 

Apply for a mini-grant

We encourage each faith community to consider applying for a mini-grant.

  1. Assign a contact person who will regularly attend four or the six monthly IMHC January – June workshops
  2. Recruit a mental health task force of 3-4 others within their faith community to assess congregational assets and needs
  3. By June 1, submit a written assessment/needs report and plans for implementing stigma-reduction, during July – December 2017.

Attend our monthly meetings

IMHC meetings the third Wednesday of each month; 12:00 – 1:30 (Lunch service begins at 11:50). Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W 42nd St.
Please RSVP one week before the meeting

Schedule of IMHC meetings

Ask for more information

To learn more about IMHC, to apply for a $250 mini-grant, or to recommend other people or groups who should be engaged, please contact Tendayi Bwititi at

Leave your comment here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.