Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Prevention as Intervention: Protective Factors and Sustained Recovery

Charlene Buckett-Sims (Adult and Child) and Rev. Sarah Lund (First Congregational) will be speaking on protective and preventative factors from both the faith community and service provider perspectives. 

Presentation outline:

  • How mental health service providers consider faith community a protective factor.
  • How faith communities could become a risk factor through stigma.
  • How faith communities can assess their environments and competencies around mental health.
  • Practical actions faith communities can take to become fully supportive of congregants and neighbors with mental health conditions.

Rationale (why):

  • Individuals working with challenging mental health conditions often face:
    • Low connection with support systems
    • Low participation in faith communities
    • Judgements and assumptions from community members
  • Social isolation compounds challenging mental health conditions.
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