Saddleback Church hosts upcoming event for mental health advocacy
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Since their son’s suicide in 2013, Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, who are co-founders of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, have worked with local hospitals and communities to ensure children and adults struggling with mental illness have access to the care they need. Saddleback Church is hosting an event later this month to educate the public on mental health issues and the role that faith can play in recovery.

The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church” is a three-day conference taking place from Wednesday, October 7, 2015 to Friday, October 9, 2015 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. There are many informative and engaging workshops available at the event, including a presentation from U.S. Attorney General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. Other notable speakers include Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) clinicians will be hosting a workshop entitled “Children’s Mental Health: Wellness for Parents and Raising a Resilient Child.” This will focus on “… coping with the myriad of stressors, rejuvenating oneself physically, mentally and spiritually, meeting the needs of other children in the family and finding or building a network of support.” The Warrens have also partnered with CHOC to develop the hospital’s upcoming psychiatric inpatient unit, the first in the area. Pastor Warren explains, “In a county as wealthy as Orange County, knowing we didn’t have any beds, that is unforgiveable.”

Another valuable workshop at the event is “Integrating Faith into your Mental Health Practice,” led by Chuck Hannaford, Ph.D. This seminar explores the benefits of incorporating “… faith and spirituality into care and treatment [and how this] offers a more comprehensive and effective model of care for those afflicted with mental illness.” Additionally, the Orange County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host “Helping Individuals Living with Mental Illness Access Their Strengths.” These and other workshops throughout the three-day event aim to inspire attendees to make a difference within the mental health community while arming them with the tools to do so.

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health issues, help is available. Sovereign Health Group specializes in treating individuals struggling with mental health disorders, substance abuse issues and dual diagnosis. Call (866) 819-0427 to speak with a professional today or to find out more information about “The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church.”

Written by Courtney Howard, Sovereign Health Group writer

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