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UUFSD celebrates Mental Health Awareness by fighting the stigma of mental illness with education and opportunities for learning, sharing, caring, coping and hope. Because my faith journey is deep in compassion and learning about mental health, it’s a special time for me to be with you. 

Faith, spirituality, community and worship can be safe, welcoming and supportive. And small things can make big differences. Here are some recommendations from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet. 
  • Offer a place to belong, a small spiritual support/fellowship group. Having a network of supportive friends can make a huge difference to someone living with a mental illness.
  • Offer to cook a meal, run an errand or any other helpful task. If a person is going through a hard time you can help them while simultaneously showing that you care.
  • Learn about mental health. The topic of mental health is often avoided and considered taboo to talk about. Be open about learning more without joking about it or using insensitive language. – See more at:
Join us on this journey. Find an activity or two (or three) in the coming months. And read on for facts, advocacy and poetry.
When it comes to mental health, faith communities are a microcosm of America. Our UUFSD congregation has individuals, families and professionals who face mental health concerns daily. 

Mental Health Fact – The beginning: One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.

Mental Health Fact: 18.1% (42 million) of American adults live with anxiety disorders.

Mental Health Fact: 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness.

20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition
11% of youth have a mood disorder 
10% of youth have a behavior or conduct disorder
8% of youth have an anxiety disorder

Learn: Warning signs and things a parent can do.
What’s happening?

Stigma Free Table  Mar. 20, April 24, every Sunday in May

One Sunday a month (and every Sunday in May), congregation volunteers are on hand with a bounty of mental health resources at the “Stigma Free” table during the Gathering Hour (10-11 AM). In addition to the latest books and studies, we have information about social security benefits and helping someone who’s been arrested as well as resources gathers from NAMI, Mental Health America, the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program and more.
Apr. 30 (Saturday) A Walk with Friends          NAMI WalksSan Diego, Liberty Station, 9 AM
San Diego County NAMI hosts a fundraising walk and run, plus a Health & Human Services Agency Wellness Expo.  How far? The course is a loop around a park area, so you can relax, rest or rejoin at any time. The total distance is about 3 miles (5k).   Registration: Make a donation if you can. There is no required fee for walkers, and a  $20 registration for runners. Join us on the North Coastal Beachwalker team and you’ll support our local NAMI chapter.
May 7, (Saturday) Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training, 9 – 11 AM
UUFSD will host this important training which is growing in popularity. Instructor  is Carol Skiljan, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, San DiegoOpen to the public.
May 11 (Wednsday) Mental Health Matters, 6:30 PM
Wisdom Shared: Parents, peers and professionals share resources and how-tos.
May 13 (Friday) 7 pm  Book Discussion – “A Common Struggle”, by Patrick J. Kennedy

Sign up at the “Stigma Free” table. Limit 10 people at the home of Wenda and Charles Alvarez You can also host a group on a day/time of your choice.  Oct. 3, 2015: “[Patrick] Kennedy’s own story of his descent into addiction and alcoholism even as he was the lead Democratic voice on mental health and addiction issues.” – New York
Daily News 

May 15 (Sunday) Generosity Sunday

We recognize the grassroots commitment to quality education and advocacy by presenting our offering to benefit NAMI North Coastal San Diego County.  Bring your contribution and your questions. A NAMI representative will join us on the patio after each service.
May 18 (Wednesday) NAMI “In Our Own Voice”

UUFSD Founders Hall, 6:30 PM
UUFSD will host this presentation of hope and determination by individuals living with mental illness. Open to the public.

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness.   IOOV adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. You’ll get:
  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and helps dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • An understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.
May 25 (Wednesday) Movie Night UUFSD Founders’ Hall, 6:30 PM, Popcorn provided
Stop by the Stigma Free table and cast your vote. The final pick is a simple democratic choice. 



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