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Mental Health Resources

January 10, 2018

A task force of laity and clergy in the district worked over the summer and fall to compile a booklet of mental health resources. The team has collected a list of area food pantries, emergency shelters, crisis lines, mental health facilities and counselors and other related community services. The material is organized by the ten counties in the Southeast District for easy access to the nearest available support.

Screenshot (6)The booklet includes the statement in The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church about mental health. The resource offers suggestions about when and how to refer individuals for professional care. It also includes a form for reporting suspected abuse and information about following up when someone is found to be living in an unsafe environment. Worship resources and scripture references are also provided to assist local church leaders in coping effectively with mental health issues.

The planning team knows that further updates will be necessary from time to time, so readers are invited to send information to the district office for inclusion in the next edition of the booklet. The task force hopes that this material will be of help to all persons who are coping with mental health concerns in their churches, communities and personal lives.

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