What is our Mission?
The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network works to reduce stigma and promote the inclusion of people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families in the life, leadership and work of congregations.
What is our Vision?
We envision a future in which:
- People with mental illnesses feel welcomed, supported, valued and included seamlessly in the life, leadership and work of their congregations.
- UCC congregations have eliminated stigma, and their members offer true compassion and support for people with mental illnesses and their families.
- UCC churches are collaborating with other faith communities to widen their welcome to people with mental illnesses.
- Jesus has shown us the way to embrace those who are marginalized by society and advocate with and for them.
- Every person has value and worth and deserves love, dignity and respect.
- All people, regardless of mental health or disability status, have something to contribute to the life, leadership and work of their congregations.
- Community matters. A sense of belonging is important to us all, whether we face mental health challenges ourselves or not.
- True compassion in ministry and relationships is based on equality.
In 1992 the Mental Health Network (formerly the Mental Illness Network) began with a grant from the American Missionary Association of the United Church of Christ. We began as a response to the need for families and others to communicate among themselves about their experiences as families, and in congregations. We are, therefore, a network and not a committee.
Who are our partners and mentors?
We of the UCC Mental Health Network continue to collaborate with the UCC Disabilities Ministries (DM) and share space with the UCC DM at the biennial General Synod. We provide resource materials for Mental Health Sunday to promote understanding and help you develop mental health ministries in your local churches. We have been part of planning the national UCC "Widening the Welcome: Inclusion for All" conferences. (You can access the presentations online.)
Partners Represented on the Board
The Disciples of Christ
The National Benevolent Association
Pathways to Promise
5400 Arsenal St.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Mental Health Ministries
Interfaith Network on Mental Illness
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201
NAMI Helpline (800) 950-6264
(Answered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Mon. thru Fri.)
Disabilities Ministries, United Church of Christ
Meet some of the Board of Directors!
This is a video of some of the UCC Mental Health Network board of director members speaking about mental health and the church. This video was taped at our annual meeting, September 2016. We are a very committed group of volunteers and we always welcome hearing from you. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a Brochure about the MHN?
We do! Download it here
How does the Network Function?
Read our most recent resolutions:
- UCC General Synod Resolution Regarding Mental Illness (1995)
- WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged) Congregations Resolution
- United Church News article about the WISE Congregations Resolution