Interfaith Network for Mental Health
For many individuals, faith communities represent a source of help and comfort in difficult times. They can also be a place for people to share their gifts and stories. About 1 in 5 adults is affected by a mental illness, but stigma can often keep us silent or disconnected from support. What helps? Knowing that if you are experiencing a mental illness, you are not alone and that there are resources for recovery.
The Interfaith Network for Mental Health (INMH) began out of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in 2006 with the aim of creating more communication, networking, and support between different faith communities from a variety of traditions working on issues of mental health. INMH hosts four meetings a year around the metro area, designed to inform about how mental health has an impact on all of us and to connect people with the resources and information they need. The idea is to meet face to face and share the work and ideas that we have for creating compassionate and responsive congregations.
Building on our shared goals to create more supportive communities and opportunities for people with mental illnesses to find recovery and independence, the Mental Health Association of Minnesota and Interfaith Network for Mental Health have partnered to help make mental health an integral part of the conversation in faith communities.
In the links and information below, you can sign up to receive email updates on INMH events, learn about what local congregations and groups are doing, connect with us to ask a question, and find out more about how you can be involved.
You are invited!
The next Interfaith Network for Mental Health meeting will be held at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on April 30th, 2013.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illnesses and achieving recovery, showing in person that there is hope for recovery for people with mental illnesses. The presentation includes personal stories from two presenters, video clips of other peoples' personal stories, as well as an opportunity for questions and answers with the presenters. The program is free, but there is a requested $5 donation for lunch.
- 11:15 Sign-In and lunch service begins. We request that you go through the food line as you arrive.
- 11:30 Welcome and Program Introduction
- 11:45 Main Program
- 12:45 Questions and Wrap Up
Mt. Olivet is located at 5025 Knox Ave S, Minneapolis, MN. For directions, please click here and follow directions for the Minneapolis campus. Please RSVP to Ben Ashley-Wurtmann at email@example.com or call 651-493-6634. Please indicate if you will be having lunch and if you have any dietary needs. We will try our best to accommodate requests. Certificates of attendance will be available.
To receive emails about upcoming events and information on programs in faith communities in Minnesota, please sign up for our email list.
This will only sign you up for INMH emails, which are sent about 12 times a year.
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East Metro In Our Voice Presentation
The Faith-Based Health & Wellness Network in South Washington County is comprised of churches and faith-based organization that seek to promote wholeness of mind, body, and spirit through education and awareness in places of worship and throughout the community. They will also be hosting an IOOV presentation on April 15, 2013. Come to hear another perspective on mental illness and recovery, or attend an event closer to home if you're in the East Metro.
When: Monday, April 15, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2125 Tower Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
Free of charge. Call Dee at 651-738-0045 for details.