Mental Health Advocacy Training

“Bridges over Troubled Waters:
Faith Communities and Mental Illness”

Carole J. Wills

Friday, October 12, 2012

8:30 am – 3:30 pm (8 am registration)
CTS, Room 166

In a 2011 report entitled Mental Illness Surveillance Among U.S. Adults, The Center for Disease Control reported that 25% of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and that nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. This session helps clergy, pastoral counselors, Stephen Ministers and lay leaders prepare to assist those in their congregations by exploring the treatment of mental illness, the role of and resources for faith communities in mental illness ministry, living with mental illness, suicide awareness and prevention, and ministry in difficult times

Additional speakers include:
Rev. Darren Cushman Wood, North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis
Colleen Carpenter, Suicide Aftercare Council of Allen County
NAMI State In Our Own Voice presenters
Rev. Ray Wilkins, West Street United Methodist Church, Shelbyville

Cost: $30 (includes lunch); $5 for CEU contact hour certificate
CEU contact hours: 5

Carole Wills is a writer, speaker, mental health advocate and founder of WellSpring Mental Health Ministries. She chairs the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) FaithNet Advisory Group and serves as mental health ministry resource consultant for the Alban Institute’s Congregational Resource Guide, which offers annotated reviews of resources for small group, individual and congregation use at

Rev. Darren Cushman Wood is the senior minister of North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of the University of Evansville and Union Theological Seminary (New York). He is an adjunct instructor in labor studies at Indiana University and president of Interfaith Worker Justice. Darren is a the father of a son, Joe, who has Aspergers Syndrome.

Rev. Ray Wilkins graduated from Alabama State University with a degree in Sociology.  He completed his Master’s of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He currently serves as pastor at West Street United Methodist Church, Shelbyville, Indiana.  He and his wife are survivors of a suicide victim.

Colleen Carpenter is a trainer in five evidence-based suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention training programs, including QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). She leads the Suicide Aftercare Council of Allen County. From 2003 – 2011, Carpenter led the Indiana Cares Youth Suicide Prevention Project and the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition. She has a master’s degree in sociology from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina.  Colleen is a survivor of her Uncle John’s suicide.

Co-sponsor: NAMI FaithNet

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