HEALTHY SOULS

WELLNESS RESOURCES

All Saints seeks to foster Healthy Souls and be a resource for mental health as we integrate faith with life.  As part of our #healthysouls initiative, we've started a partnership with Mental Health Connect, which is a collaboration of congregations throughout the Twin Cities that provides mental health support to individuals and their congregations. 


Visit the Mental Health Connect website to learn about their resources. Contact a mental health navigator using the link or call them at 612.312.3377.


What MHC Provides:

  • Navigation - The navigation line is free and confidential, open from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. They have trained volunteers and staff answering the phone. Each navigator has lived experiences with mental health challenges and will provide individual resources for the caller.  Contact MHC at 612.312.3377.

  • Community - MHC is currently collaborating with 23 faith communities to share resources and support. Ambassadors are the liaison between MHC and churches and meet monthly to discuss their communities, needs and helpful ways to support leadership and those that have mental health concerns.

  • Education - The Education Team at MHC creates a list of monthly events and speakers. Events are open to all. Hear from experts in the field, learn new concepts and understand more about mental illness. 

  • Resources - MHC provides resources to empower people to find their own path. These are provided in their monthly newsletter, Facebook posts (@Mental Health Connect) and provided to church Ambassadors (Contacts are: Marge Schaffer or Karen Saboe). Email the church office to get more information.

WEBSITE ON FAMILY STORIES OF HOPE AND ACCEPTANCE

All Saints member Marge Schaffer recently developed a website that features the stories of family members who have a loved one living with a mental illness. The website is based on Marge’s research about the experiences of parents, partners, siblings, and adult children. The family members who shared their stories displayed courage in openly telling their stories, shared insight into how they learned to accept the existence of mental illness in their family life, and advocated to increase acceptance and understanding about mental illness in our broader society.

The website, FamilyBipolarStories.com, provides information about mental illness and treatment along with the stories that inspire, encourage, and give insight about separating the uniqueness and essence of a loved one from the mental illness. Visit the website here.

Read about Marge’s inspiration for creating the website in this MinnPost news article: Researcher’s website presents family stories of bipolar disorder

A TALK ON MENTAL HEALTH AND COVID-19

Take a moment to watch this video on collective grief in the time of COVID-19 and discover three concrete things that can help you or someone you know. This talk was sponsored by Mental Health Connect, which is a collaboration of faith communities fostering wellness in the Twin Cities.

You can also review this helpful LIST OF ACTIONS you can take during this time to focus on your mental health from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

    CREATIVE SOULS

    All Saints' team of writers, WordWorkers, created a virtual Advent Calendar this year for your enjoyment and inspiration. Each day from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day featured a unique piece of original writing. The pieces range from scriptural devotion, Christmas memories from several cultures, meditations on recent events, seasonal poetry, extended fiction, and dramatic monologues. 


    Enjoy reading through our creative approach to Advent 2020. Blessings in 2021!


    Read here.


    Interested in joining the WordWorkers? Contact the church office for more information.