The Abiding Presence Mental Health Team meets monthly to discuss how the church can lessen stigma and raise awareness around mental health as well as offer support to those who have been impacted by mental illness in our community. We welcome you to attend our gatherings and learn more about what we are doing and how you can participate. Bring your thoughts and ideas for growing our ministry! Please contact Pastor Heidi (pastorheidi(at)abidingpresence.net) with any questions or for more information.
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 Pastor Heidi for more information.
Sign-up sheets are in the narthex or you can register online: www.abidingpresence.net/MH. REGISTRATION IS FULL, but you can still be added to our waiting list, or check back here for future classes!
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.
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.