Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, people experiencing mental health concerns often turn first to a faith leader. As such, clergy are often gatekeepers or “first responders” when individuals and families face trauma, mental health or substance use problems. In this important role they can help dispel misunderstandings, reduce stigma associated with mental illness and treatment, and facilitate access to care and support for those in need. Experience and research clearly show that the faith community is a critical touchpoint and recovery resource. Faith leaders across the nation and the world have responded with hope, help and healing.
This interfaith discussion will focus on experiences and lessons-learned from faith leaders working to support their congregations and their communities. Join us for an open, honest discussion about the challenges we face, the resources that are available to address them, and how disparate faiths can address a collective need for action.