Cedar Park’s Mental Health Action Team exists:
To extend God’s grace by walking alongside persons living with or affected by mental health concerns
We Are All Affected
1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness every year. Worldwide 1 in 4 families have a mentally ill loved one they are caring for. Mental Illness does not discriminate. All cultures, ethnicities, and socio-economic classes are affected by mental illness. While casseroles, cards, and companionship are rightfully offered to people struggling with physical illness, the reality is that due to stigma, those suffering from a mental illness often struggle alone.
Jesus Walks Alongside
On the road to Emmaus Jesus came alongside two grieving disciples in great mental anguish. Jesus walked with them. He listened. Eventually, he spoke words of hope. As a church community, we believe we are called to do the same.
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them… Luke 24:15
The Mental Health Action Team seeks to fulfill our vision as we:
- Increase awareness and understanding through sound biblical and pastoral theology
- Source and share resources
- Provide education for the congregation
- Facilitate caring activities by welcoming people with lived experience or affected by mental health concerns, supporting individuals, families, and caregivers with education, information, advocacy and companionship
Living Room & Family Room
At times Cedar Park runs a monthly faith-based support group. All participants begin the evening together and then break into two separate rooms. The Family Room is for families and supporters whose lives have been affected by someone’s mental health challenges. The Living Room is for people living with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and psychotic disorders. Participants gather in a safe place, free of judgment, to receive and give support and hope by sharing our painful and joyous experiences with each other. The groups are led by facilitators who been trained through Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. Through the group, we learn that we are not alone.
A typical meeting follows the format below:
- Everyone gathers together for refreshments and an opening greeting
- Announcements and review of group relational agreements
- A facilitator shares a brief story of encouragement
- The group divides into Family Room and Living Room
- Individual attendees are invited to share how they are doing
- The facilitators pray for the concerns expressed during the sharing
The meeting takes place from 7:15-9:00 pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. People from various churches and denominations are welcome.
Below are a number of recommended resources.
Check out these local events happening in and around our communtiy.
Sermon Series on Mental health
This seven message series explores topics related to mental health such as stigma, prevalence, depression, suicide, bi-polar, addiction, children, families, and how to support loved ones. After the introductory message each sermon includes a person from the congregation sharing their own personal lived experience.
Click on the button to the left to find an up-to-date list of local mental health resources for the Delta area.
Child & Youth
Free Mental Health Organizations & Resources in South Delta
Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries
Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is a not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to journeying with churches and parishes to facilitate belonging and inclusion.