Gigi Crowder, Ethnic Services Manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services will present Faith and Mental Health: Strategies for Creating Caring Congregations & Community Support. This presentation will provide information to faith leaders about the current statewide implementationand planning efforts that are underway in many counties which include faith/spirituality as a key mental wellness tool. A program of the California Institute for Mental Health (CIMH), California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative, will be highlighted. Ms. Crowder will discuss the work in Alameda and Los Angeles Counties that actively engage diverse faith leaders as essential partners. She will describe theMental Health Friendly Communities Project and how it complements the United Advocates for Children and Families (UACF) Faith 360 program and other efforts currently underway at UACF.
Faith leaders will gain the understanding of the essential role they play in the mental wellness of their congregations as they are often the first responders when families are in crisis. We will discuss how they can support the current efforts to promote the role of faith and spirituality by playing a role in their respective communities through utilizing the power of the microphone. A riveting tale from a Pastor who now devotes his life to this work will be shared.
About CMHACY: The theme for this year’s conference is “New Partnerships, New Strategies: Embracing the Wellness of Children, Families and Communities”