Dear partners in mental health ministry:
Thank you for your interest in the Presbyterian mental health initiative. I hope you are safe and well.
This is an extraordinary time. The ravages of COVID-19, systemic racism and poverty, political unrest, and a healthcare crisis are converging. These are exacting a toll on mental health that experts expect to reverberate for years to come. Pastoral and other church leaders are being called on to help their communities navigate stress, loss, trauma, and deep divisions while navigating their own. It can easily feel like the demands of the moment outweigh our capacity to meet them, because they often do. We need the moorings of our faith and the community of one another to help us contain and carry them.
The latest opportunities and resources from the Office of Mental Health Ministry are limited and cannot possibly adequately address this moment. They are offered in a spirit of caring support for you and gratitude for the work you are doing. They may help point the way to a next step or help you identify resources that could make a difference in your community.
- Call for Mental Health Ministry Grant Proposals (flyer) The next deadline for applications is Feb 28. The attached promotional flyer offers some examples of projects that can be done virtually and in person. (English, Korean, and Spanish versions ).
- Office of Mental Health Ministry website – Here you can find three curated collections of links to resources, the Mental Health Ministry Grant Program Application Form, and a one-stop sign-up form for both mailing lists: PCUSA Office of Mental Health Ministry; Presbyterian Mental Health Network (PMHN).
· Mental Health Ministry through a Matthew 25 Lens — visualizing the connection between mental health ministry and Matthew 25, and our denomination’s mission focus on addressing systemic racism and poverty, and re-vitalizing congregations.
· Mental Health Ministry 101 – This set of slides grew out of Zoom conversations with Presbyterian congregations wanting to initiate an intentional mental health ministry. It provides an introduction to the PCUSA churchwide mental health initiative, frames mental health ministry through a Matthew 25 lens, and offers links to resources that are available. It can be used as a self-guided introduction, or to guide a small group Zoom conversation about starting a mental health ministry. It is a work-in-progress intended to evolve as it is used, and your comments, feedback, and suggestions are very welcome!
Blessings and peace,
Donna Miller, PsychD
Associate for Mental Health Ministry
PCUSA Office of Mental Health Ministry
Compassion, Peace and Justice
Presbyterian Mission Agency
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202