We understand the importance of raising awareness of mental health. As a church community we welcome and support all who struggle with mental health conditions and strive to talk about the importance of reaching out for help. Powell UMC has a small Mental Health team that provides resources and organizes events to support mental health awareness. If you would like to be a part of the team, please let Kris Shoaf know, krisshoaf@gmail.com.
 
 
“Transforming Stigma, How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero: Mental Health Book Study and Conversation, Wednesdays, March 1, 8 & 15 at 7:00 pm. Are you or a loved one struggling with mental health challenges? Are you at a loss trying to figure out what to do or how to get help, or do you want to be a better mental health advocate? You are invited to join Kris Frantz-Shoaf in this three-week book study. In this book, the author shares his own challenges with mental illness as a young child into adulthood and how awareness, education, and understanding led him to dedicating his life to being a mental health advocate and super hero! Register HERE. For more information, email Kris at krisshoaf@gmail.com.
 
 
 
As a United Methodist Church, we affirm and believe what is written in the UMC Book of Discipline:
 
2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles ¶162.X
 
The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Unfortunately, mental health eludes many in our world resulting in considerable distress, stigma, and isolation. Mental illness troubles our relationships because it can affect the way we process information, relate to others, and choose actions. Consequently, mental illnesses often are feared in ways that other illnesses are not. Nevertheless, we know that regardless of our illness we remain created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).

No person deserves to be stigmatized because of mental illness. Those with mental illness are no more violent than other persons are. Rather, they are much more likely to be victims of violence or preyed on by others. When stigma happens within the church, mentally ill persons and their families are further victimized. Persons with mental illness and their families have a right to be treated with respect on the basis of common humanity and accurate information. They also have a right and responsibility to obtain care appropriate to their condition. The United Methodist Church pledges to foster policies that promote compassion, advocate for access to care, and eradicate stigma within the Church and in communities.

As we recognize May as a mental health awareness month, we want to offer resources in our community and beyond to point people to the places of hope and healing.
 
Resources: 
 
LOSS Community Services 
 
NAMI, national Alliance of Mental Illness of Delaware and Morrow
 
Mental Health First Aid