Faith Leader’s Lunch

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

For all faith leaders who want to better help
people in mental or emotional distress

This gathering is a time to learn about identifying your members’ mental health needs, and how to support them to receive the help they need. Our time together will include a presentation, time to learn from peers and professionals, and to enlarge your network of faith leaders.

This luncheon will include a review of Bipolar Disorder that affects thousands of people in the country, and so likely someone in your congregation.

Have you noticed that a congregant has quickly become morose and negative? Or that they have become super energized and euphoric? That their personality seems to have changed? Perhaps they have become ill with Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder, formerly known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain and behavior disorder characterized by severe shifts in a person’s mood and energy, making it difficult for the person to function. More than 5.7 million American adults or 2.6 percent of the population age 18 or older in any given year have bipolar disorder. The condition typically starts in late adolescence or early adulthood, although it can show up in children and in older adults. People often live with the disorder without having it properly diagnosed and treated.

Bipolar disorder causes repeated mood swings, or episodes, that can make someone feel very high (mania) or very low (depressive). The cyclic episodes are punctuated by normal moods.

Lunch is provided. You will be able to choose the meat, or vegetarian, vegan, or wish for low carb food.

Our next gathering for Pastors and church workers is January 14, 2010.