Bridges to Hope:

A Mental Health Training for
Faith Community Leaders



Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, it’s not uncommon for families and individuals experiencing mental health issues to turn to a faith leader first for help. Yet faith leaders, staff and key outreach volunteers are often lacking the information, education and resources to be the “bridge to hope” needed as people navigate serious, sometimes life-threatening, mental health issues.

What are the next training dates? Our future training dates for 2018 will be posted soon.

What does the training include?  This introductory 3-hour mental health training features:

  • An informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders
  • Simple ideas for building “bridges to hope” for your faith community
  • A tool kit of community mental health resources
  • A tool for developing an action plan to address the needs in your community and optional post-training support

Who should attend? This training was created specifically for leaders in the faith community. To maximize the benefits of the training, faith communities are required to send at least two faith leaders to the training. Examples of faith leaders include:

  • Rabbis, imams, clergy, priests, pastors, deacons, elders
  • Staff of faith communities
  • Volunteer or lay leaders providing outreach and support for faith communities (such as St. Vincent dePaul, Stephen Ministry)

If I can’t attend the trainings scheduled, will there be other opportunities? NAMI Austin will be providing Bridges to Hope on a regular basis. Please click here and we’ll add you to a list which will receive regular updates on future training opportunities.

What is the cost of this training?  Thanks to funding from Methodist Healthcare Ministries, there is no cost for the Bridges to Hope November 7 training. However, we do ask that you register as space is limited.

Resources for Faith Communities

NEW! Mental Health Guide for Faith Leaders

NAMI: Reaching out to Faith Communities Curriculum

Pathways to Promise: Three Steps to a Mental Health Ministry

Grace Alliance: Education, Training & Support

Hope and Healing Center

Presbyterian Church USA: Comfort My People

SAMHSA: Information for Faith-Based and Community Leaders

Mental Health Ministries

Interfaith Network on Mental Illness Resources for Community and Faith Leaders

Local Resources and Information

NAMI Austin Resource Guide

Finding a Mental Health Provider

Low-Cost and Sliding Scale Counseling Providers

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers

Crisis Resources

NAMI Austin 911 Checklist

NAMI Austin Crisis Planning Handout

NAMI Austin Crisis Resource Page

Mental Health Websites

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Institute of Mental Health

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

Mental Health America

The Trevor Project (LGBTG)

Veterans Crisis Line