Mental Health Community of Hope
Mental Health Community of Hope (MHCH) is a new approach to building community for people living with mental illness and their family members. Despair and hopelessness often grow in the absence of meaningful social connections. Statistics also show that being connected in the community where we live and work is a protective factor against suicide, and the more connected a person is, the less likely they will be to end their life. Yet people with mental illness lack safe, caring places to build and strengthen much needed social connections. Family members also lack safe and caring places to receive the encouragement they need to support their struggling loved ones. The solution is not adding more mental health professionals to the workforce, although there is a critical need for that. Overflow Foundation believes the solution lies in the faith community, which has a unique and often underutilized role to play in filling in care and support gaps left by government and healthcare systems.
MHCH is a monthly gathering (4th Sunday of each month), and is Overflow Foundation’s effort, in partnership with Cedar Creek Church, to address the needs for that meaningful interaction described above, as well as provide accurate education for those living with mental illness and their families. Our prayer is that these gatherings will extend the radical friendship of Jesus by providing transforming love, support, and hope.