Bridges to Hope

a free mental health training for faith 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.

Bridges to Hope is 3-hour mental health training featuring:

  • 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

Registration

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at St. David’s Foundation (1303 San Antonio Street Suite 500 Austin, TX 78701) – Register

Thursday, August 8 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Georgetown Health Foundation (2425 Williams Dr # 101, Georgetown, TX 78628) – Register

For more information, email Ari Samayoa, Community Education Coordinator, at ariel.samayoa@namiaustin.org.

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About Bridges to Hope

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 encouraged to send at least two faith leaders to the training. Examples of faith leaders include:

  • Pastors, deacons, priests, elders, rabbis, imams
  • A staff of faith communities
  • Volunteer or lay leaders providing outreach and support for faith communities (such as St. Vincent De Paul, Stephen Ministry)

If I can’t attend the training scheduled, will there be other opportunities?
NAMI Austin will be providing Bridges to Hope on a regular basis. If you cannot attend any of the workshops we have currently scheduled and want to be contacted about more that we will schedule soon, please fill out this interest form.

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

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