The NE MN Synod Youth Ministry & Mental Health Initiative provides resources and education on mental health so we might begin to break the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and equip young people and leaders with resources within a faith context. There are five primary focus areas: mental wellbeing, anxiety, depression, suicide, and grief.
Resources from the Initiative include:
Mental Health Discussion Guides and Kits: Discussion guides to help young people learn about and have conversations on mental health conditions, ask questions, and give tools and resources…all within a faith context.
Podcasts: For ministry leaders and parents. Available Fall 2019
Funding for the NE MN Synod Youth Ministry & Mental Health Initiative is provided through a generous grant from Disability Ministries, made possible through Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
MN Farm & Rural Help Line: 833-600-2670 x 1 Free, confidential help for stress, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Available 24/7.
Local Events Sponsored by Resource Providers and Organizations Events are ordered by date. Click on the bold blue link at the top of each event for more information. If you have local events you would like posted, please contact Catherine Anderson.
Embrace: One Woman's Journey to Inspire EveryBODY February 25, 2020; 6-8pm University of MN Duluth, Chem 200 Free. No registration required. This documentary addresses people's struggles to accept their bodies. It aims to inspire a positive change not only in how we feel about our bodies, but how we feel about ourselves. The documentary will be followed by a discussion with eating disorders specialist Dr. Carolyn Phelps.
There are numerous mental health resources and providers available. This list curates links of resources and providers within the NE MN Synod, national mental health organizations, and organizations that have partnered with the NE MN Synod Youth Ministry and Mental Health Initiative. You can also find additional links and resources within the NE MN Synod Mental Health Discussion Guides.
Youth Ministry and Mental Health Event Resources (October 2018)