Program Helps Rochester’s Faith Community Address Mental Health Concerns

Jan. 7, 2014
Health Professionals Reaching Out to Local Clergy and Lay Ministers

The first person many people turn to for help with mental health concerns is a clergy member. Yet clergy and lay leaders are not always equipped to address these needs.  In response, the University of Rochester’s Office of Mental Health Promotion, along with several community partners, is offering a free course in mental health ministry.  Partnering agencies include the U of R’s Aging Well Initiative, Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition, Mental Health Association of Rochester, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and Trillium Health.

The class, called Renewing of the Mind, will assist clergy and lay leaders who deal with a wide range of mental health issues faced by their parishioners.  These include alcoholism and substance abuse, anger management, anxiety and depression, domestic and youth violence, stress, and much more.  The class will meet once a month for 11 months.

CLASS LOCATION:  Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency building, 1150 University Avenue in Rochester

WHEN:  Second Saturday of each month, beginning January 11

TIME:  9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

REGISTRATION: Call (585) 275-3571

Participants who attend at least 10 classes will be eligible for a certificate in mental health ministry.  Space is limited, and registration is required.