Brought to you by Professional Pastoral Counseling Institute, this lunch for faith leaders will guide you in ways to better help people in mental or emotional distress. Your time together will include a review of clinical depression and the signs of this debilitating mental illness and how to distinguish it from normal sadness and grieving.
Four stages of support for a depressed person:
1. Recognize: knowing the signs and patterns of mental health disorders vs. emotional issues
2. Respond: providing practical tools to those with mental health difficulties and their families
3. Referral: building an effective resource for professional care and intervention
4. Restore: knowing the recovery process and supportive role
We will consider the very real distinction between sadness or grief and clinical depression that is best relieved by professional therapeutic support. We will discuss the best practice for referral, respecting the person and their families. We will share resources and discuss how to take care of ourselves, our families and our congregations when we are caring for someone who is depressed.
Lunch is provided. When registering, please indicate if you have any dietary needs.