Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Through our Mental Health Initiative, the NBA is contributing to this campaign online by sharing webinars, blog posts, and videos from Disciples across the life of the church. Find our most recent resources below, along with additional webinars and videos to the right. Raise your awareness of mental health and wellness during this special month, and share these materials with your ministry, congregation, and community, now and throughout the year.

Video: What is Mental Health? 

Presented by the NBA Mental Health Initiative Task Teams

Webinar: Building a Congregation-Based Mental Health Ministry

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Blog: Talking to Our Children About School Shootings

Sarah Serrano, LCSW, Guest Blogger

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Sermon: Let's Go From Here

Angela Whitenhill, M.Div., LCSW, NBA Mental Health Initiative Manager

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Pastoral Prayer: Prayer for the Journey

Rev. Rick Powell, pastor at Christian Temple in Baltimore, Maryland

​O God of life,

We so often ask you to comfort those of us who are afflicted,
And to afflict those of us who are comfortable,
Today, we ask you to help us be more careful with that request.
Today, O god we recognize that there are so many among us,
Whose spirits are troubled,
And whose families feel afflicted,
And whose lives feel like a struggle just to get through one more day,
Help us be more careful about asking you, ever, to afflict us.
And, if we are to be afflicted, O God, may it be an affliction that leads us
To pay more attention to those around us who are not well.
How much better would this world be,
If we all treated one another as people who are beautiful and gifted,
But also as people who are troubled, burdened,
and in need of the simple gifts of kindness,
We are in positions to give.
Remind us today, O God whose will is for us to experience joy,
That the symptoms of some illnesses include embarrassment and even shame.
If there is a way for us to be more tender-hearted,
More quick to listen and slow to speak,
If there is a way for us to take more time with each other,
To absorb even the anger we feel from others more with curiosity than with judgment,
If we can do any of these things, perhaps we will find ourselves just a little closer
To offering the presence of Christ,
Who seemed to have a way with people who weren’t feeling their best, and in whose name we pray, Amen.

Mental Health Awareness Month

NBA Mental Health Initiative

The NBA Mental Health Initiative supports Disciples congregations and communities engaged in spiritual care and advocacy ministries with those affected by mental illness and/or mental health disorders.

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Webinar: Speaking into the Silence

In an effort to begin equipping church leaders with the tools necessary to respond to mental health issues, this webinar focuses on storytelling and testimony sharing as a means for healing and empowerment.

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Webinar: Super Powers, Suicide, and Speaking Life

This webinar provides general information about suicide; discusses key elements, warnings signs, and potential risk and resilience factors for suicide; and offers practical ways we can nurture, support, and stand alongside those affected by suicide.

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Webinar: Liberating the Mind: Understanding Mental Health as a Justice Issue

In this webinar, we break down what we mean when we say "justice," lift up common issues of justice that exist in the mental health field, and discuss how the church can navigate and respond to the intersection of justice and mental health.

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