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Faith Leader Mental Health
Integration Project  

Six Sessions  |  9am-11am  |  September 9, 2021 – March 3, 2022
Miron Construction Wenzler Center  |  1471 McMahon Drive, Neenah

You are a mental health lifeline for many in your faith community and beyond.

Mental illness is among the most pressing public health concerns in our region. As a professional or volunteer faith leader, you regularly encounter people with mental health struggles. Your vocation calls you to act with love, compassion and mercy.
Would you like to do so with skill and confidence?

In this six-session series (see below), you’ll delve into mental health topics relevant to ministry and deepen your understanding of regional resources to which you can refer those in need of healing.

• Get to know therapists, psychologists and others one on one.
• Learn to manage and de-escalate mental health crises.
• Recognize signs and symptoms of substance abuse.
• Gain broad familiarity with mental health resources in your community.


For more information, contact Doug Bisbee, Samaritan Counseling Center: [email protected] or
call (920)886-9319 x 107

$180 for all six sessions
Includes two participants and light refreshments

9:00 to 11:00am | Thursday, September 9, 2021
Mental Health 101 – In this presentation, participants will learn the difference between mental health and mental illness, learn the common warning signs of mental health challenges, understand the impact of mental illness, identify barriers to mental health treatment services, and learn about general resources for mental health support.

9:00 to 11:00am | Thursday, October 7, 2021
Navigating a Mental Health Crisis – In this presentation, participants will learn the warning signs of a mental health crisis, understand the steps to take if a mental health crisis involves suicide and learn different techniques to de-escalate someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

9:00 to 11:00am | Thursday, November 11, 2021
Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders: Mental Illness & Substance Use Disorders – In this presentation, participants will better understand the relationship between mental health conditions and substance use disorders, learn about the shared risk factors, understand the impact of co-occurring disorders, and understand the importance of integrated treatment.

9:00 to 11:00am | Thursday, January 6, 2022
Living Well in Recovery Through Peer Services – In this presentation, participants will define what it means to live well in recovery with a mental health condition, learn of the guiding principles of recovery (as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)), understand the positive impact of peer support services, and understand the purpose of a peer run respite.

9:00 to 11:00am | Thursday, February 2, 2022
Navigating Community Mental Health Resources – In this presentation, participants will have the opportunity to explore mental health community resources that support roles of faith leaders as they promote wellness for faith community members. An introduction to mental health resources and services such as county services, non-profit organizations, and health systems will be reviewed. Faith leaders will be informed how to connect faith members who experience mental health issues to these resources.

9:00 to 11:00am | Thursday, March 3, 2022
Powerful Partnerships: Faith Communities and Clinicians – In this presentation, participants will learn how faith communities and people engaged in mental health recovery can work together to educate their communities about mental illness, break stigma and develop supportive, caring responses. The presentation will offer faith leaders information related to mental illness and resources to create caring congregations that help facilitate mental health recovery.


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