Join the Mental Health & Self-Care Team!
1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in their lifetime; we are called to walk together as the body of Christ with our brothers and sisters, bearing one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
The Mental Health & Self-care team of the Metro D.C. Synod offers guidance, resources and support for church leadership to stay healthy in ministry.
Rev. Dr. Karis Graham leads this team so please reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining!
Suicide Prevention Leadership Academy Session
Session was originally presented on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
Mental Health & Wellness Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Veterans Crisis Line – Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (National Capital Area) – AFSP has a lot of free trainings available, they range in topics and age ranges.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI has a ton of resources and trainings available on all aspect of mental illnesses. They also have local chapters and offer group support meetings.
Maryland Coalition of Families – a public-private partnership that supports families of people struggling either with addiction issues or mental health issues.
Psychology Today – If you are interested in finding a mental health counselor for you or a loved one check out the sites listed below. Also, keep in mind, as of 2014 most individual and small group health insurance plans, including plans sold on the market place, are required to cover mental health and substance use disorder services.
Portico Benefits – Those with Portico Benefits can call Portico and ask for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for therapy. Typically 3-8 sessions are fully covered per issue.
Spiritual Directors – The Synod office has a list of spiritual directors to which you can be referred. Please send an email to Katie Evans at email@example.com to receive a referral list.
ELCA Social Statement
The Body of Christ and Mental Illness