Mental health is important to us. We believe in caring for and supporting the whole person: heart, mind, body, and soul.
The Mental Health Task Force at UPC formed in 2011 as a group of church members with personal and professional interests in raising awareness about mental health in the congregation and wider community. Since their initial gathering inspired by Dot Cansler, the Mental Health Task Force has organized annual adult education classes, programs for youth and families, and support for those touched by mental health issues. The mission continues, as UPC strives to live into the pledges made through the WISE covenant.
If you are interested in learning more or joining the task force, please contact Ashley Wilson.
The Mental Health Task Force compiled an updated list of resources, with local, state, and national organizations ready to offer support. There are resources for children, teens, adults, the LGBTQ community, addiction services, and local crisis centers. Please refer to this list, and share it with your friends and neighbors.
Becoming A WISE Congregation for Mental Health:
We, the people of University Presbyterian Church, know we are graced by the gifts, stories, and experiences of all our members, including those living with mental health challenges such as mental illness, brain disorders, addictions and trauma. We know these challenges can profoundly affect our feelings, thoughts, and behavior. We care about the whole person: body, heart, mind, and soul. We affirm the deep and constant movement of God’s Holy Spirit, seeking to bring us to the fullness of life. We believe that all people are beloved by God. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.” He made no distinction between various members of society; he included all people in this commandment.Sometimes individuals with mental health challenges such as mental illness, brain disorders, addictions and trauma feel cut off from God and from their brothers and sisters in faith. It is our calling to communicate to all individuals that God loves all of us equally, even when we do not feel the love of the Holy Spirit in our lives. People with mental health challenges have gifts to offer our faith community, and we want everyone to feel fully welcomed, included, supported and engaged in the life, work and leadership of our church.
We pledge to be a welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged (WISE) congregation for mental health.Call to action:
We pledge to create a welcoming environment for people with mental health challenges and their families:
We pledge to include people with mental health challenges in the life, work and leadership of the congregation:
We pledge to support people in our congregation who have mental health challenges and their families:
We pledge to engage with other organizations that work at the intersection of mental health and faith/spirituality/religion:
~ Adopted by the Session on September 10, 2015