If I told you. . . we shared stories of stigma, depression in women, depression and isolation for men. Our sons, our fathers and brothers, cousins and friends.
If I told you. . . . of my OCD, his paranoid -schizophrenia, her brain injury, my fathers’ depression; their bi-polar disease; her PTSD; our anxiety; my daughters’ autism; my brothers’ suicide, my sister’s murder.
If I told you. . . . we experienced guns turned toward us. We witnessed violence, anger, abuse, pain.
If I told you. . . . we spoke of helplessness, fear, confusion, loss of control.
If I told you. . . . he’s a medical professional; she’s ordained; he’s a brother; she’s a mother; he’s an advocate; she’s a doctor; I’m an artist.
If I told you. . . .he is compassionate, she is trained, I am ready, she is skilled, he is uncertain, she is funny; he is dedicated.
If I told you. . . there is hope.
Will you join us?
Share your story and your vision at the meeting of FPUCC’s W.I.S.E. Mental Health Ministry, Wednesday, November 8, at 7:00P in the Commons Room.
Recommended resources and upcoming events:
Blessed are the crazy. Breaking the silence about mental illness, family & church.
Sarah Griffith Lund, Regional Minister, Conference Staff, UCC Florida. Keynote: W.I.S.E. UCC Conference, Omaha, NE, Spring 2017.
UCC’s Mental Health Network, http://mhn-ucc.org
Saturday, November 18, 9-12 pm, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Two events in the Denver Metro area:
Adult C.E: Sunday, December 12, 11:15A in the Commons Room