What’s all this talk about mental health? Does it seem like something has changed in the last few decades?
We frequently hear about suicide, autism, depression, addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder and ADHD in the media, and celebs, politicians, and others are “coming out” with their stories of mental illness. How did they get these disorders? Who is affected, and is there anything that can be done to prevent them? This wasn’t something most of us were taught in health class; yet, today, talk of mental health seems to be everywhere.
The Mental Health Ministry Team is sponsoring a series of seminars on Mental Health Promotion to address these questions. The seminars will be held during the Adult Learning Hour on the second Sundays, January – June 2018, from 11:45 am - 1 pm in Loper Chapel. All are welcome to attend one or more or all of the presentations.
The seminars will be taught by First Church member Kerrie Hein, Lab Director for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at UC Berkeley. Over the past eight years, Kerrie has interviewed hundreds of people from many walks of life—teenagers to seniors—about their mental health histories, learning from them the many ways in which their lives have been painfully affected by mental illness. Her passion is to educate people about mental health, giving them information and tools that will help them live more productive, fulfilling and resilient lives and care for those in their lives who are suffering from mental disorders.
January 14 Mental Health: What Is It and Why Should I Care?
February 11 Mental Illness
March 11 Emotional Literacy
April 8 Companionship: A way of reaching out to others, offering a supportive presence for those who may be isolated, alone and estranged.
May 13 Mindfulness
June 10 Sleep
For more information, click here for a description of each seminar or speak to Kerrie.
Want to know more?
Introduction to the Mental Health Promotion Seminars
Sunday, December 3
11:45 am – 1 pm in Durant House
Kerrie Hein & Robin Kempster