Please participate in our Coalition networking and planning meetings on the third Tuesdays of various months. For 2022 we have meetings on the third Tuesdays of the month with some breaks to allow scheduling of local geographic cluster meetings instead. The meeting is held via Zoom until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Everyone is welcome at any of our meetings! The zoom meeting link will be sent to anyone on our email circulation list.
Dear Interfaith Mental Health Coalition participants,
To start off the Interfaith Mental Health Coalition event planning for the fall and winter seasons of 2022-2023, the IMHC board is inviting you to help us set priorities.
We have discussed our preliminary sense of what the needs are right now, and below is the list of four topics and some details for each topic for your consideration.
Please email your sense of the priority topics, and even better, email and plan on participating in our next monthly IMHC meeting on Tuesday September 20th 11 am to 1 pm CT virtual meeting to discuss the priorities via zoom and meet and network with others doing similar faith and mental health related work! (Put in your calendar!) To receive the zoom meeting invitation, please email Robert Skrocki to be put on our IMHC email circulation list.
The four priority areas for consideration are:
- Trauma conscious and Restorative Justice Faith Rooted approaches
- How faith communities are impacted by, and can provide care re. violence prevention, support for those affected by violence (e.g. Highland Park)
- trauma healing education
- utilizing circles – peace circles, truth racial healing circles (e.g. Dominican University Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - National Day of Racial Healing LibGuide - Research Guides and Class Pages at Dominican University and Chicago Community Trust-sponsored Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago - The Chicago Community Trust (cct.org))
- Interfaith intercultural intersectionality approaches that build on discovering our commonalities
- How stressful events in our environment (the pandemic, war, social unrest, etc. ) can induce/ exasperate trauma in young people
- Include a mindfulness practice in all of our IMHC meetings
- Coping with ongoing impact of pandemic
- Coping with increased losses and transitions people are continually experiencing
- Addressing the secondary trauma of caregivers working with traumatized persons… a caregiver “boot camp”?
- Suicide prevention
- MHFA Faith Communities are Saving Lives with Mental Health First Aid - Mental Health First Aid, eCPR Emotional CPR | Home Page (emotional-cpr.org), QPR QPR Institute | Practical and Proven Suicide Prevention Training QPR Institute (en-US), Companionship Companionship | A Way of Presence (thecompanionshipmovement.org)
- How caregivers can work with people experiencing continual suicidal despair
- Care for ordained faith leaders and their partners .. hold interfaith grant supported retreats (for pastors, ministers, chaplains, deacons, rabbis, imams, for e.g.)
- Start with a half day or one day retreat, eventually progressing to weekend retreats on an annual basis?
- There are clear benefits and goals of interfaith sharing
- Nondenominational smaller black churches have a high need for this type of resource