January 2019 Press Release
#MendingMississippiMinds Faith-Based Initiative and Public Service Campaign from October 10, 2018-December 31, 2018
Who: The Mississippi Psychiatric Association, established in the state in 1967 and celebrating over 50 years of service to patients who suffer from brain disorders, is inviting faith leaders and religious organizations of all sects to join with us as community partners to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.
What: Often the place of worship is the first place a patient looks for support. It is time to make the connection between ministry, mental health and medicine. The #MendingMississippiMinds campaign includes a Facebook page as well as a Twitter account where people with mental health issues can share their stories, social media posts, print & broadcast media coverage and outreach.
When: The Campaign began on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, which is World Mental Health Day, and runs throughout the year until December 31, 2018.
Why: Many people facing a mental health challenge personally or with a family member, turn first to a faith leader. And for many receiving psychiatric care, religion and spirituality are an important part of healing. Leaders can help dispel misunderstanding, reduce stigma associated with mental illness and treatment and facilitate access to treatment for those in need. The American Psychiatric Association Foundation has compiled an insightful resource entitled: Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders. It aids the faith leader to better understand mental illness and treatment, and better help individuals and families in their congregations facing mental health challenges. The guide is the culmination of work from the APA’s Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership, a collaboration of psychiatrists and faith leaders representing diverse faith traditions. MPA is getting that guide in the hands of major leaders of all faiths in Mississippi. The guide provides faith leaders with knowledge, tools and resources to support that role.
How: Religious leaders are asked to preach a sermon or deliver a message from the pulpit via their bulletin or newsletter. If you believe your church or a religious organization that you affiliate with would like to join the campaign, please fill out an information request form here. We have media partners in this endeavor across the state and expect the conversation concerning recovery and compliance will take the forefront. Community partners will be able to report action steps taken via the campaign report form beginning October 10th and running until December 31st.
MPA Letter to Faith-Based Leaders
October 10th Press Release
Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders
Request printed Guide for Faith Leaders by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org