Studies show that one out of every four adults in America will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. 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.
You are invited to The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, a one-day event designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any faced with the challenges of mental illness.
Join Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church, Bishop Kevin Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and NAMI-OC (National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County), and other faith and community leaders on Friday, March 28 for a hope-filled and inspiring event, as together we call the Church to action on behalf of those living with mental illness, equip lay and pastoral leadership, and stand side-by-side with those who suffer.Register NowPer Person $20
Friday, March 28
8:30 AM to 9 PM
1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630
founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA in 1980 at his house. Today, Saddleback is home to over 20,000 members. He’s the best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 50 million copies worldwide.
is the co-founder of Saddleback Church, an international speaker, and best-selling author. The Warren’s son, Matthew, took his life in 2013, after a lifelong struggle with mental illness. Kay and Rick are working to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental illness.
is a graduate of Millikin University and Kenrick Seminary and performed his graduate studies in Canon Law at the Angelicum in Rome. He was appointed as the fourth Bishop of Orange by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.
grew up in a family in which many members struggled with mental illness. Steve's commitment and passion to help people has led him to become the President of the Board of Directors for NAMI-OC.
is the award-winning author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission. She also serves as editor of Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership and Senior Editor of Leadership Journal.
is Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He edited Psychology and Christianity: Five Views and wrote Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal, and he is the director of the Society for Christian Psychology.
is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice and consultation with churches for over 30 years. He has served as the clinical director of inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programs for adults and adolescents. Dr. Hannaford has been active in the Southern Baptist Convention since 2004.
is a professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies at Baylor University. His research on mental health and faith has been featured by Fox, the New York Times, USA Today, MSNBC, Yahoo, and U.S. News & World Report. He is the co-founder and executive director of the Mental Health Grace Alliance.
is associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Kheriaty is the author of “The Catholic Guide to Depression.”
is a Benedictine monk of Saint Andrew’s Abbey Valyermo, California. He teaches marriage and human sexuality, bioethics, patristics, and the history of Christian spirituality at Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo. Prior to joining the monastery he trained as a physician and was board-certified in family practice.
is a psychiatrist in active practice with over 25 years of experience in multiple settings, including psychiatric adult and adolescent inpatient and outpatient care, addiction recovery units, and research and academic roles. He serves as a treatment and consulting resource to counselors, pastors, and missionaries.
is the Director of the New Hope Crisis Counseling Center in Garden Grove, CA. Dr. Dunn has been teaching the crisis counseling training for New Hope counselors since 2003. Classes include active listening, grief counseling, suicide prevention and intervention, setting boundaries, and how to pray with people in crisis.
is the Co-Chair of the Chicago Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness, Co-Chair of the NCPD Mental Illness Council, and former state president of NAMI in Illinois. He has been involved in outreach and advocacy for people with mental illness and their families for over 25 years.
is the founder of Fresh Hope, a national network of Christian peer support groups for those who have mental health challenges and their loved ones. He was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I in 1995 and one of his passions is to empower peers to live a full and rich life in spite of a mental health challenge.
serves as the Membership Pastor at Saddleback Church where he oversees 28 ministries including baptism, membership, support groups, and counseling. He is also leading the charge to create the PEACE Center, an on-site building that will house everything related to PEACE including a medical clinic and food pantry.
is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, teacher and nine time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics and has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling 86,000 patient scans from 93 countries.
is the Director of the UCLA Borderline Personality Disorder Initiative. She is also in private practice and is committed to expanding the delivery of services to those afflicted with personality disorders and providing education and information for families, teachers, and professionals affected by mental illness.
Cecilia Mercado is the Family Empowerment Center Leader. She runs presentations, conferences, and workshops and coordinates educational workshops and other annual events for Latino Families with special needs.
is the founder and CEO of FINDINGbalance, the leading Christian resource for DAILY help with eating and body image issues. Based in Tennessee, her non-profit serves people around the globe with quality, biblically-sound resources, small group tools and community support programs instantly accessible through technology and the web.
is a Catholic licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. La Dra. Herminia Shea-Martínez es católica licenciada en Psicología, y diplomática (Board Certified) Experta en Estrés Postraumático.
is a psychiatrist whose therapy model balances the art of psychiatry with Christian principles. Through telemedicine services, she uses videoconferencing to treat impoverished patients with severe mental illness living in rural areas. She also serves as a volunteer for the Boys Town group home and has received an award for her work in Rwanda.
The Role of the Church in Mental Health
Integrating Physical, Spiritual and Mental Health
Helping the Helpers: Crisis Management for Church Staff
(Free Lunch Provided)
Resourcing the Church
(On Your Own)
Standing Together In Suffering
*Spanish interpretation will be available.
The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church will offer 20 interactive workshops to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to care for those who are suffering. Workshop topics will include Depression, Stigma, Suicide-Risk Reduction, Church Counseling, Support Groups and Recovery Ministries, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Addictions, and other topics to bring hope to the challenges of mental illness.Learn More
This workshop will look at depression from medical/psychiatric and spiritual perspectives. We will examine the effect depression has on an individual's spiritual life, how Christian spiritual practices can be a part of the recovery process, and how to distinguish depression from related moral or spiritual states.
There are many reasons why mental illness is commonly viewed in a negative light. However, a number of teachings in the Bible present a very different way to view mental illness in churches that can help build a spirit of openness, community, and trust.
How to use active listening skills to assist people in crisis when they call or walk in wanting help from lay people. A written resource will be provided.
This workshop will present a balanced clinical and biblical perspective on mental illness. The foundational role of the church in the recovery process will be discussed along with practical steps for churches to effectively minister to those living with mental illness and their families.
This workshop will explore the biological nature of mental health issues and the complexity learned through obtaining the world's largest database of functional brain imaging studies on psychiatric patients.
This workshop will address individuals with mental health challenges, family members, and mental health providers. It will provide an understanding for the lived experience of mental health from both an individual and shared perspective and will give clarity to differing understandings. The discussion will include the essential elements for building partnerships to support recovery.
This workshop will provide information that will assist “helpers” in the Church manage crisis situations more effectively. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with how to work as a team member. This workshop will be interactive—discussion and questions are encouraged.
This workshop will offer encouragement, building hope and exploring mental health recovery from a wellness perspective. This will be peer focused, for those who have a mental health challenge. However, all are welcome to join us. Come and fill up your hope tank with fresh hope!
Behind every person with mental illness is a family changed—perhaps even devastated—by that illness. The effects of mental illness go way beyond the individual. Amy Simpson, author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission, knows firsthand what it’s like to love someone with serious mental illness. She shares her own story, discusses how mental illness affects families, gives practical ideas for how churches can help, and offers tips for how families can advocate for the help they need.
This workshop will cover medical information, types, symptoms, and treatments of childhood through adult Bipolar Affective Disorders. Discussion will include the impact the illness has on society, families, the church, and everyday life for those with the disorder. Available treatments and resources will be explored, including the benefits of using a multidisciplinary medical approach to care.
This workshop will explore the core factors of eating disorders. We will examine eating disorder patterns and help you identify how your beliefs about food and weight impact others. The foundational role of a Christ-centered community in the healing process will be discussed along with ways you can become empowered and equipped to give hope and support to others in their healing journey.
This workshop will provide a discussion of available resources and programs for a pastoral response to people living with mental illness and their families.
This workshop will help you gain a greater understanding of mental health as it uniquely pertains to women. We will explore how mental illness affects women and men differently and will review key disorders women are facing today, including postpartum depression, breastfeeding and psychiatric medications, perimenopausal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PTSD, suicide, and substance abuse. This will be an interactive workshop that includes a question and answer session.
This workshop will provide a broad understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We will cover the symptoms, behaviors, and effects of this routinely misunderstood and misdiagnosed illness. A discussion of best-practice steps for treatment, tools, and resources for support will provide hope and help to those living with BPD and their families.