Awesome Coffee and Conversation this past Sunday!
There were many who participated in our discussion on mental health this past Sunday. It was exciting to hear the experiences and begin to explore the possibilities as we address this issue in both our Good Sam and extended communities. We all agreed that mental health and wellness can look very different. Everything from mild depression and burn-out to conditions that would benefit from medical intervention. There is a plethora of illness that fall within the mental health criteria.
One of the suggestions from our discussion was to further explore specific symptoms and how they manifest. For example; anxiety, bipolar, depression, manic depression, and so on. This is an important topic. In order to properly serve those who are having difficulty we must first recognize the signs. This will be the topic of our next coffee and conversation on Sunday, May 19th. I encourage anyone who has experience with these or other conditions to please join us and offer your expertise.
As we dive into this topic further, I’d like to begin to formulate an action plan using some of the ideas presented in our discussion. These suggestions included: Stephen Ministers, Support Groups, Small Groups, Special Prayer Time, Getting People Connected and Printed Resources. Some of these could be initiated quickly while others will take more time and training. If there are some of you willing to take on one of these efforts and begin to coordinate, we could have something in place by the fall. It really does take a village. If we all work together, we truly can walk with each other and ALL of our neighbors in a meaningful way.
Council President Gail Wathen