Do you pay attention to your physical health? I hope so! Hopefully you try your best to eat healthy, get exercise, and visit the doctor for wellness exams. I hope that when you're feeling sick you take responsibility for your health. Maybe you slow down, take medication, get extra rest, or your loved ones help care for you. We are living in a culture that embraces and encourages physical health. During our "Reality Check" worship series we want learn how to put the same level of care and effort into our mental health.
Just like physical health requires work, so does our mental health. We need to encourage self-care, check in with professionals, and bring our loved ones in to help. In the month of August, we will provide resources to help you start thinking about your mental health and start conversations with your kids, parents, and friends. We believe the church should be leading conversations on mental health as a quotient in our overall spiritual health.
Join us for upcoming Reality Check events and check out these helpful resources.
Join us in August for Reality Check as we delve into the reality of mental health, bullying, and school violence for students and their families. We'll not only face this in worship but have extra resources and experts to help.
August 11 Mental Health Ezekial 37
August 18 Bullying Luke 6:27-28, 31
August 25 Lockdown Proverbs 24:2, Genesis 6:5-6, Psalm 140:1
Reality Check Podcast
Tune into the TMUMC Facebook page or TMUMC.ORG/live every Monday night in the month of August at 8 pm to hear perspectives on mental health, bullying, and school violence from Pastor Doug, parents, students, teachers, and Licensed Professional Counselors in a live streamed video podcast.
- August 5 - Ask Doug Anything - A look into mental health from a spiritual perspective. Ask him any questions you have about mental health in the comments and he will respond live.
- August 12 - Amanda and Coleton Evans - Hear from a mother and son about their encounters with anxiety, bullying, and how their generational experiences differ.
- August 19 - Barry Hawkins and Amy Parsons - A teacher and substitute teacher share their training for and experience with school violence and how it connects to mental health.
- August 26 - Chris Robinson, Laura O'Reilly, and Clint Donaldson - Three Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) are featured in a guest panel to help us better understand anxiety and depressions in teens and how we can support them as a community.
Reality Check Table Talks
Join us after worship on August 11 and August 25 at 12:15 pm in the Connection Center to reflect on that morning's message. This is a time for us to come together and start a dialogue about mental health, bullying, and school violence. We will ask each other questions, share different perspectives, and grow in relationship together. All ages are welcome to be part of these conversations.
- August 11 - Anxiety and Depression
- August 25 - Bullying and School Violence
Reality Check Resources
Rev. Doug Meyer has shared some of his favorite books and resources around mental health. We have a large collection of books available in the Trietsch Library centered around self-care and better understanding the spiritual connection to mental health.
- Anything written by Brene Brown
- Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
- Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow by Karen Casey
- Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
- Breathing Underwater by Richard Rohr
- CLICK HERE for books available in the Trietsch Library