In 2014, Mental Health America (MHA), a national community-based nonprofit, performed a national study which uses 15 measures to rank states prevalence of mental illness and access to care. Kansas had an overall ranking of 21/50, which means that 21 states indicated lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to care.
The objective of the workshop is to provide general knowledge of mental illnesses and increase the awareness of mental health services available in the community.
- Hold a workshop to provide general knowledge of mental health and illness and provide methods for Faith leaders to support people with mental illness in their communities
- Resource: APA Foundation’s Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders
- Understand the perception of mental health services in faith-based settings
- Poll participants on mental health literacy before and after the workshop
- Incorporate NAMI “Sharing Hope” customized to African American faith leaders by trained staff of NAMI Wichita
- Create an electronic and printable directory of African American providers in the Wichita metro area.
These epidemiological findings prove that much work is still needed, and since more than 80% of African Americans are affiliated with religion, we have a high probability of success if we target faith-based settings to identify and support these unreached populations.
Data from the project will give direction for further development in training programs on Mental Health specific for African American Faith leaders.
Workshop: Wichita Kansas, February 2019
The workshop, which promotes minority mental health in Wichita, included a review of mental illnesses, resource materials, discussions and the opportunity to participate in research I’m conducting to understand how African Americans seek mental health treatment.
Attendees had the opportunity to share experiences with other clergy on how to counsel and refer, support and integrate those with mental illness, along with their family members, into local faith communities.
NAMI’s Sharing Hope presented local testimonials from an adult living with mental illness, a family member, and a clergy member living with mental illness.
Materials shared with attendees included:
- Mental Health: A guide for Faith Leaders
- Quick Reference on Mental Health for Faith Leaders
- Sharing/Bridges Hope: An African American Guide to Mental Health
- Local NAMI support groups and education programs
- Mental Illness Workshop for African American Faith Leaders Presentation