5 reasons to attend the next ICMH luncheon
ICMH presents its first event of the Spring 2019 Series: How Faith Communities Become Resources. On Wednesday, January 16, from noon to 1:30 pm come to the Indiana Interchurch Center (1100 S. 42nd St. Indianapolis) for Mental Health and Wellness: Let’s Talk About It. The luncheon will feature “Ending the Silence,” a mental health awareness program created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI speaker Joana Goff and others will present, facilitate group conversation, and provide follow-up opportunities to bring mental health awareness to your own faith community.
Why should you plan to attend this event?
- “Ending the Silence” will help you help youth. Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience mental illness in any given year. About 50 percent of mental illness begins by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24. Topics covered in the presentations include: Signs and symptoms of mental illness. Statistics on how mental illness affects youth. Personal perspectives on the experience of living with mental illness. Recovery and coping strategies. Ways to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. How to help friends. This is important.
- It will be a great networking opportunity. The Interfaith
Coalition for Mental Health exists in large part to connect religious leaders and congregants with mental health professionals. So the point of attending ICMH luncheons isn’t just hearing what the speaker has to say. It’s also about conversing with other participants about how they cope with the topic being discussed. Go prepared to talk, and have some business cards with you if possible.
- $5 is a good deal for lunch + essential education. We now ask for an admission fee of $5. Because we have often reached our RSVP capacity, ICMH makes this change to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. We will accept walk-ins.
- You’ll have a chance to get to know the ICMH. In less than three years the ICMH has emerged as one of the most important mental wellness organizations in Central Indiana. It seeks to foster collaboration between religious leaders, mental health care providers, community service organizations and government agencies by: Educating the faith community leaders about mental illness and how faith can be incorporated into recovery; Providing faith communities with relevant referral information to mental health and community support services; Advocating at the personal and legislative levels for better mental health services; Breaking the silence about mental illness, and replacing stigma with informed, supportive care
- You will walk away with an understanding of how to put “Ending the Silence” into practice. This isn’t intended to be a one-off talk. Trained professionals want to help you implement the “Ending the Silence” program in your congregation, school, or community organization. Take them up on their offer!