Mental Health Support
Statistics tell us that about 25% of people experience some sort of mental health concern, with 30-40% describing feelings of anxiety or depression during this COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, there are friends and family members who are also impacted. Westover offers a Care & Support group for individuals experiencing a mental health difficulty (Living Grace) and a group for family members (Family Grace) with the goal to relieve suffering, reveal Christ, and restore lives. These Christ-centered communities offer practical skills and tools pertaining to the topic of the week. While each week's topic will stand-alone, regular attendance will enhance the relationships built in community.
Family Grace Group
Family Grace provides healthy solutions for those supporting a loved one through mental health difficulty.
Sept 29 - Nov 17 | Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00pm | $15 workbook fee
Contact Lynn Stowe for more information.
Living Grace is a support group for individuals who experience challenges or difficulties with their emotional and mental health. Every week, there is a "stand alone" topic, allowing individuals to miss a week if necessary. However, regular attendance fosters a healthy connection to Christian community. The workbook contains topics and tools to relieve suffering, reveal Christ, and restore abundant life.
TOPICS INCLUDE: Identity, Stigma, Medication, Healthy Thinking, Rest, Relaxation and Joy, Cycles & Triggers, Mindfulness, Staying Resilient, and more.
Fall 2020/Winter 2021
Oct. 7 - Feb. 24 | Wednesdays | 6:30-8:30pm | $15 workbook fee
Contact Lynn with questions, or to request one-on-one help until the group begins.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, please ask for immediate help at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).
*Disclaimer: This small group ministry is not intended to be a substitute for mental health, medical, pastoral, legal or other professional services. If expert assistance or attention is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.
Crisis and Suicide Support
If you or someone you know has warning signs or symptoms of suicide, particularly if there is a change in the behavior or a new behavior, get help as soon as possible.
Often, family and friends are the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide and can take the first step toward helping an at-risk individual find treatment with someone who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions.
If someone is telling you that they are going to kill themselves,
Do not leave them alone.
Do not promise anyone that you will keep their suicidal thoughts a secret.
Make sure to tell a trusted friend or family member, or if you are a student, an adult with whom you feel comfortable.
Pray! Cry out to the Lord for help.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
Other resources for suicide prevention from the National Institute of Mental Health
Additional Resources and Support
Because these precious souls are our brothers and sisters in Christ, they need to know that they are part of our community, and that they don’t need to suffer in silence. Below are a few resources to help us better care for individuals who are struggling.
This Christianity Today article presents ways that the church can reach out to those struggling with mental illness.
Also in Christianity Today, Amy Simpson, author of Troubled Minds, Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission, tells about her life with a mother with mental illness, and offers ways the church can be of help. 1) Through A Glass, Darkly 2) What People Are Saying
Here are five brief articles about various aspects of depression by Focus on the Family.
How to Help a Friend: A Student Guide from the National Alliance of Mental Illness
Bible study resources from Christianity Today
Books available in the Westover Resource Center:
Wounded Heart by Dan Allender
Soul Talk by Larry Crabb
Troubled Minds by Amy Simpson
Why Do Christian Shoot Their Wounded? by Dwight Carlson
When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper
Send a confidential email to the Director of Care & Support for non-urgent information or to offer suggestions.