Half of all adults will develop mental illness in their lifetime…
But there’s HOPE.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50% of adults will develop depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, or some other mental illness in their lifetime. This means that someone you know and love is affected by mental illness. This staggering reality can feel daunting, but there is HOPE for mental health.
You are invited to share the HOPE by participating in The Gathering on Mental Health and The Church on October 7-9, 2015 at Saddleback Church. The Gathering will be packed with practical help and hope for individuals affected by mental illness, their loved ones, church leaders, and mental health professionals.
The Gathering will feature over 40 speakers, including best-selling author Sheila Walsh, who will share her story of finding hope in mental illness, United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who founded the Kennedy Forum out of his experience with substance abuse and mental illness. Other speakers will offer presentations on the intersection of mental illness and veterans, substance abuse, law enforcement, children, adolescents, trauma, homelessness, and suicide prevention.
Studies show the first place many go for help is to their priest or to their pastor because the heart of Jesus and the Church has always been for those who suffer. The Gathering will provide intensive training for any faith community interested in forming a mental health ministry. Every church, regardless of size or location, can be a place of refuge, love, and compassion for those who need it most.
It’s time to break the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness. It’s time to embrace the millions of people suffering everyday. It’s time to join together and create a pathway to HOPE.
Join us for this hope-filled event!
Early Bird Price (ends August 31): $109
September 1 – October 8 Price: $139
Pre-Conference – $40
Saddleback Church | 1 Saddleback Pkwy | Lake Forest, CA 92630