The UCC MENTAL HEALTH NETWORK'S MISSION is to reduce stigma and facilitate inclusion of people with mental health conditions and their families into the life, leadership and work of the church? Check out this link: mhn-ucc.org The UCC Mental Health Network offers tools for WISE (welcoming, inclusive, supportive, engaging) congregations to work towards reducing stigma and promoting inclusion of people with mental health conditions.
Common Signs of a Mental Health Condition:
Navigating a mental health crisis? Emergency Mental Health Services call 978-744-1585 24/7 365 days/year located at: Suite 2150, Shetland Park Bldg. 2, 35 Congress St. Salem, MA. This is a better option than 911 if there is no imminent danger of harm, as it will avoid the trauma of a police or ER visit. For local resources go to: namimass.org--see compass helpline;
"Check out the NAMI's "Ask the Expert" for information on the following topics and more:"
-Eating for Better Mental Health
-In person, Virtual, and Everything In-Between--Supporting Families and Children Returning to School
-Impact of Racism and Trauma on Black Mental Health
-How You Can Help LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
-Covid-19 and Workplace Mental Health
Discrimination and Racism in the History of Mental Health Care blog in NAMI publication:
For anyone who has had a scrape with the law due to a mental health condition, this document may be helpful:
"Road Map Through the Criminal Justice System for people with mental health symptoms in Massachusetts":
Nov. 2020--A New Website to Help Families Support their Children's Mental Health: The Office of the Child Advocate, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Mental Health are proud to announce that HandholdMA.org, a new website for families who are worried about their child's mental health, has just launched. COVID-19 is putting incredible pressure on families. Many families are worried about their child’s mental health, but they aren’t sure where to turn or how to get started. HandholdMA.org can help. The website, created by a team of mental health and child development experts in partnership with parents who have “been there,” was designed for parents of school-aged children in Massachusetts, and is available in six languages. Handhold has three main sections: Should I worry? Helps parents explore if their kid is just being a kid, or if their behavior is something to worry about. Parents can learn about signs to look for and get suggestions on what to do next. What can I do? Tips, tools, and strategies that have worked for other families, sorted by topic, and picked by Handhold. These are things parents can learn about or do from home. Who can help? Carefully selected community organizations and government resources to help families find the right mental health services.
"The Link Between Social Media & Mental Health"
Join Dr. Lisa Coyne as she discusses the impact of social media on our mental health, shares how to set ground rules for digital consumption for you and your loved ones, and answers questions about loosening the grasp social media has on so many of us.
Resources that Dr. Coyne mentioned during the session are:
Similarly: check out the following documentary:
The Social Dilemma-documentary on Netflix :https://Netflix.com/thesocialdilemma
See trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaC57tcci0
We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen. ABOUT THE SOCIAL DILEMMA The world has long recognized the positive applications of social media, from its role in empowering protesters to speak out against oppression during the Arab Spring uprisings almost a decade ago, to serving an instrumental role in fighting for equity and justice today. And in 2020, during an astonishing global pandemic, social media has become our lifeline to stay in touch with loved ones, as well as proving to be an asset for mobilizing civil rights protests. However, the system that connects us also invisibly controls us. The collective lack of understanding about how these platforms actually operate has led to hidden and often harmful consequences to society—consequences that are becoming more and more evident over time, and consequences that, the subjects in The Social Dilemma suggest, are an existential threat to humanity. Read complete article here.
This information is attributed by the social justice committee of the Board of Mission and Outreach and/or regarding any questions, contact Jackie Cassiday at