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Integrative Mental Health’s Faith Community and Clergy Training videos are designed to help faith communities and clergy care for and support Veterans and persons with emotional and mental health struggles.
Discussion questions embedded in the videos encourage conversation within small groups of community members. They are ideal for religious education classes, book clubs, study or prayer groups, community meetings, Veterans’ gatherings, and the like.
For Faith Communities
Faith Communities, Veterans and Mental Health - Video #1 - "Partners In Care" explores caring for Veterans and other persons with emotional and mental health problems.
Faith Communities, Veterans and Mental Health - Video #2 - "Trauma" examines the support faith communities can provide those who have experienced trauma.
Faith Communities, Veterans and Mental Health - Video #3 - "Moral Injury" engages with moral injury, whether it be that of a Veteran or someone else who has gone through a different sort of challenging, life-changing experience.
Faith Communities, Veterans and Mental Health - Video #4 - "Belonging" explores belonging, practices of hospitality, and flourishing amidst suffering as communities of care.
Clergy and Mental Health Care - Video #1 - "Signposts Toward Collaboration" helps clergy explore how they, as leaders of faith communities, can create and sustain a welcoming community for those with mental health problems.
Clergy and Mental Health Care - Video #2 - "Abiding With Those Who Suffer" helps clergy consider how their faith communities minister to the needs of persons with mental health challenges.
We have DVDs available of the above videos and are currently piloting Discussion and Resource Guides for these videos. Contact us at IMH@va.gov if you would like a copy of the DVDs.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides confidential help online or via phone (1-800-273-8255) or text (838255) and links to additional resources.
Psychological First Aid from the National Center for PTSD
Developed jointly with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for helping people deal with natural disasters or traumatic events.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Faith Net
A network of members, friends, clergy and congregations who encourage faith communities to be welcoming and supportive of people living with mental illness.
A national telephone service of the VA which aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a Veteran.
Information and resources for community providers that are relevant to Veterans’ health and well-being.
VA National Center for PTSD for Clergy and Community Providers
Information and resources for community providers and clergy helping Veterans with PTSD.
An online resource for learning more about PTSD from a Veteran’s perspective and learn more about treatment options.
A national listing of resources for military, veterans, and family members.
Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program
The VA offers free consultation for any provider (community as well as VA) who works with any Veteran at risk for suicide.