Comfort My People is a new resource on mental illness just released by The Presbyterian Church USA. You can download this resource or purchase copies through the Presbyterian Distribution Service (PDS). Additional Copies are available at $4.00 each from the Presbyterian Distribution Service (PDS), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396, or by calling 1-800-524-2612. The PDS order number is #02-052-09-003
The Church of the Brethren has a very helpful wellness guide available as a free downloadable resource. While it addresses whole person wellness and not just mental health, much of what is presented certainly relates to mental health. You can download this resource by visiting the Church of the Brethren Health and Disabilities website at http://www.brethren.org/stewardship/documents/reality-check-breath.pdf.
This study guide, written by Rabbi Richard F. Address, was created in response to the need to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma within congregations regarding individuals and families who are dealing with mental health issues. These issues reside within every congregation of every denomination. Part of creating a caring and supportive congregation is the need to break down barriers of shame and fear that often are associated with mental health issues. This 136-page study guide should be used by lay and professional leadership within congregations to create a variety of educational programs. It includes a selection of relevant sacred texts, traditional and modern readings for use in services and support groups, sample sermons, services and programs, background information on mental illnesses, related Reform response and UAHC resolutions, and other resources for congregations and individuals.
Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform), Department of Jewish Family Concerns, 633 3rd Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017; (212) 650-4296; Congregational manual available in 2003. http://urjbooksandmusic.com/product.php?productid=319
The Caring Congregation Program is a congregational program of seven workshops focused on welcoming and supporting people with mental disorders and their families into our congregations. An eighth workshop trains leaders to be teachers of the curriculum. The Caring Congregation Handbook and Training Manual, Barbara Meyers, Will To Print Press, 2005. Mental Health Information for Ministers is a document written by Barbara Meyers for ministers to help in their interactions with parishioners with mental health challenges. Resources available at www.mpuuc.org/mentalhealth.
The following resources can be downloaded in a PDF format at http://www.miministry.org/support.htm
For other resources and the DVD, Welcomed and Valued, visit www.ncpd.org.
For list of Models of Ministry to People with Mental Illness and Their Families from Deacon Tom Lambert, Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago – Commission on Mental Illness, click here.
Download Let's Talk Study Guide by clicking here.
Download Let's Talk Leader's Guide by clicking here.
The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (near San Francisco, CA) has put together a 13 page Guidebook on the role of Jewish Clergy in the spiritual care of people living with mental illness.
For more resources on ministry to people with mental illness, go to the Faith and Hope website at http://www.faithandhopeministries.net