United Church of Christ Mental Health Network
What is our Mission?
The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network works to reduce stigma and promote the inclusion of people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families in the life, leadership and work of congregations.
What is our Vision?
We envision a future in which:
People with mental illnesses feel welcomed, supported, valued and included seamlessly in the life, leadership and work of their congregations.
UCC congregations have eliminated stigma, and their members offer true compassion and support for people with mental illnesses and their families.
UCC churches are collaborating with other faith communities to widen their welcome to people with mental illnesses.
What are our Values?
Jesus has shown us the way to embrace those who are marginalized by society and advocate with and for them.
Every person has value and worth and deserves love, dignity and respect.
All people, regardless of mental health or disability status, have something to contribute to the life, leadership and work of their congregations.
Community matters. A sense of belonging is important to us all, whether we face mental health challenges ourselves or not.
True compassion in ministry and relationships is based on equality.
What is our History?
In 1992 the Mental Health Network (formerly the Mental Illness Network) began with a grant from the American Missionary Association of the United Church of Christ. We began as a response to the need for families and others to communicate among themselves about their experiences as families, and in congregations. We are, therefore, a network and not a committee.