Mental Health Team Meeting: Monday, August 21 at 7pm
I am looking forward to checking in with one another as well as finalizing our plans for the Mental Health First Aid and NAMI Walk in September. I will also be sharing about the meeting I attended with the Fairfax County Department of Health on mental health and their new initiatives with faith communities. Even if you haven't been able to attend regularly, we welcome you to attend and be part of the conversation and visioning as we plan for this next year. I hope you are able to come and join us!
Mental Health First Aid Training: Saturday, September 9, 9am-5pm
We will be holding a Mental Health First Aid Training in the Abiding Presence Fellowship Hall. The cost is $25 per participant and includes breakfast and lunch. You will also receive a course workbook to take home with you. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance, please contact me for more information.
Sign-up sheets are in the narthex or you can register online: www.abidingpresence.net/MH. Please register as soon as possible, there are only 30 spots available in the class.
NAMI-Northern Virginia Walk: Saturday, September 23, 9am-Noon @ Tysons Corner Plaza
The Mental Health Team will once again be walking to raise awareness of mental illness as well as funds for NAMI Northern Virginia's local education, support and advocacy programs. NAMI Northern Virginia offers free presentations, classes and support groups in our community. They have visited Abiding Presence twice to give presentations and the AP Mental Health Team looks forward to our continued partnerships to lessen stigma and support those who suffer with mental illness and their families.
Join our team by adding your name and email to our sign-up sheet in the narthex or by contacting Pastor Heidi. You may also register online, just click "Join Our Team" on our team page and you are able to register: https://nami-northernvirginia.akaraisin.com/AnnualWalk17/APMentalHealthTeam.
You can also support the team with a donation online at our team page: https://nami-northernvirginia.akaraisin.com/AnnualWalk17/APMentalHealthTeam.
I am so grateful for all of you and the mission we share in shining God's love, light and hope in our community and in the world. I look forward to how the Spirit will develop and transform our team, our congregation and our community through this ministry.