Focus Area – Mental and Behavioral Health

Congregations express mental health as a top concern for their communities. EHF's Congregational Engagement team strives to reduce stigma and combat misconceptions by partnering with congregations to address mental health.

EHF provides support for congregations to foster community partnerships in their effort to develop and sustain community-based mental health initiatives.

Communities and congregations are formed by relationships and interactions with one another. Good mental health is integral to those relationships. EHF supports congregations interested in creating connections and promoting the mental health and well-being of people in our communities.

Congregations and communities can improve lives not only through improving access to care, but also by cultivating communities that encourage all dimensions of wellness and are inclusive, welcoming, and supportive across all forms of diversity.

Support for Deeper Community Partnerships

EHF’s Congregational Engagement team can partner with your church and their work in supporting mental health by:

– Offering trainings for Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention for your congregation and community

– Bringing together a Mental Health Learning Community for congregations to deepen their mental health strategies to promote mental health and wellbeing in their communities.

Stories from the Diocese of Texas

These examples are articles found in our bi-monthly e-newsletter, Congregation Connection, which tell stories of congregations in action, partners with expertise in the area, and general related topics.

Additional Resources