Rooted:Serve Mental Health Awareness Community Conversation
Time & Location
About the Event
We invite you to Rooted Women's Ministry on Tuesday, March 4th at 6:00pm for an open conversation about mental health advocacy and awareness in our community. We believe in the importance of opening the conversation between the church (by church we mean the church as a collective body of believers regardless of denomination), people struggling with mental health conditions, and mental health professionals. There so much stigma and shame associated with people struggling with mental health conditions. In addition, there is little to no discussion about it within the church.
Our hope and prayer for the evening is to have an open conversation and brainstorm how we as a community (mental health professionals, church/ministry leaders, and those battling mental health conditions) can collaboratively use the resources we have to raise awareness, advocate and better serve people with mental health conditions in our community. We honestly believe by having open conversations and truly listening to one another we can come up with great ways to support, love, and help those who are walking through suffering associated with various mental health conditions.
Two-thirds of individuals with a known mental health condition never seek professional treatment. Most individuals battling mental health conditions will typically seek the help/advice of their church pastors/ministry leaders or close family/friends before they will seek help from their doctor, therapist or other mental health professional. The reason, again, the stigma, shame, and discrimination associated with mental health conditions in our society. Also, other barriers to treatment are an issue as well, like cost, no insurance, and the inability to recognize mental health signs/symptoms in themselves and others. This information alone points towards the importance of equipping those within the faith-based community with the information needed to identify, recognize and respond to someone in need.
God created us for community and relationships; we were made to do this life together. I feel strongly that people battling mental health conditions truly need to be able to see, feel and experience the hope that can only be found in Jesus. I feel as the church (a body of believers) it is our responsibility to love people well and that includes all people. We are to carry one another’s burdens. We are to share and show God’s love. We are to be intentional and missional in this one short life we have here on earth. Eternity starts now, what we do now, how we love and serve one another matters.
• 300,000,000 people worldwide of all ages suffer from depression.
• 1 out of every 13 people suffer from anxiety worldwide.
• Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older.
• Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds.
• Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S. for people ages 10-34.
• 22 Veterans and 1 Active duty military commit suicide every day.
• 1 in 5 adults in the U.S., almost 47,000,000 experience mental illness within a given year. With anxiety and depression as the top two.
• In the U.S., almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.
• One of the biggest barriers to care is the social stigma associated with mental health conditions.
• On average, people typically suffer for 11 years before seeking treatment.
**Data and statistics from WHO, CDC and ADAA
Let’s break the silence, shame, and stigma together! Join us in brainstorming about what we can do to support each other and our community!
 “Mental Disorders Affect One in Four People,” World Health Organization, accessed February 10, 2020, https://www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/.
 Galatians 6:2, NIV.