May 5th – May 26th | Mental Health Education Conference
The Mental Health Education Conference for Faith Leaders offers participants the opportunity to gain a better understanding of topical issues pertaining to mental health and the effects of stigma. Faith community leaders and anyone interested in joining will learn new strategies for supporting their congregation’s mental health needs by effectively “Putting their Heads Together”.
NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore offers Mental Health Forums on a regular basis to raise awareness and start conversations about mental health. April is Autism Awareness Month, and we are so excited to welcome a doctor and social worker from Sheppard Pratt to share key information with our community.
Learn more about our speakers and RSVP when you click the button below.
April 29th, May 6th, May 13th
In recognition of Children’s Mental Health Matters Week and Mental Health Month, join Sheppard Pratt, NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, and NAMI Howard County for a FREE family movie night featuring “Inside Out.” “Inside Out” talks about emotions and shows kids that it’s OK to not be OK.
We are hosting viewings at three Sheppard Pratt locations (April 29, May 6, & May 13) so you can select a night that works for you! Bring your own blanket and chairs, snacks will be available for purchase.
April 19th, 2022 | LOUDER at Sagamore Pendry
Listening is a powerful way to reduce the stigma of mental health conditions. Join NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore for cocktails, food and fun as we recognize and celebrate the individuals and companies who pledged to listen over the last year.
Support a great cause and get moving your way when you join NAMIWalks! Funds raised will help us sustain our free mental health programs. Show up this Mental Health Awareness Month when you start your walk team by clicking the button below!
February 16th, 2022 | A Chat with the Experts on Eating Disorders
An estimated 30 million Americans struggle with an Eating Disorder, yet only 1 in 10 get treatment.
This panel conversation featuring esteemed experts from Johns Hopkins and Sheppard Pratt, a representative from the National Eating Disorder Association, and a Body Positivity Social Media Content Creator and Advocate has passed.
Click the button below to view the recording.
February 12th, 2022 | Coffee and Care for Caregivers
Are you caring for someone living with a mental health condition? Or are you living with a mental health condition and want to make sure the people in your support network find care too?
This event has passed, and was a heartwarming conversation about both the challenges and beautiful moments of caring for someone with a mental health condition. Check back in for future events!
February 10th, 2022 | NAMI Advocacy Day
Each year, NAMI Maryland hosts an Advocacy Day during the legislative session. This is your chance to join us virtually to meet with your legislators and share your story!
This year, we’re fighting for Early Intervention & Treatment, Better Access to Treatment & Services, Reducing Racial Health Disparities, and Strengthening Maryland’s Mental Health Crisis Response.
Will you take a stand with us? Click the button below to make your voice heard!
Through January 2022 | NAMI Ending the Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence is a free mental health awareness presentation that helps youth support networks start conversations about mental health. Happening each week throughout January for parents and guardians, and school staff.
Mental Health Forums
NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore hosts quarterly Mental Health Forums for community members. Baltimore area health care professionals, professors, researchers, and community partners are invited to discuss topics related to mental health and wellness. Families and community members learn up-to-date information to better understand mental health issues and resources.
Recent Mental Health Forums have addressed:
- Suicide Prevention and Crisis Management
- “Ask the Doctor” Session
- Special Needs Trust and Estate Planning
- Geriatric Mental Health
- Social Security and Disability Benefits
These free community events are held virtually every quarter.
Our next forum in 2022 will be on Eating Disorders in honor of Eating Disorder Awareness Week in February. Date and time TBA, check back soon or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our interest list!
To learn more about our Mental Health Forums, please contact our HelpLine at (410) 435-2600 or email email@example.com.
Mental Health Education Conference for Faith Leaders
Hosted every spring, this conference grants attendees the opportunity to hear from fellow faith leaders who lead mental health programs in their communities and organizations. Individuals and family members also share their lived experiences and the role faith has played in their journey to recovery. Faith leaders learn what role they can play in ending the stigma surrounding mental health conditions, including offering effective support and connection to resources to community members.
We are currently accepting presentation proposals until January 18th, 2022. To submit your proposal, click the image below. If you are interested in attending the 2022 Faith Conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our pre-registration list.
Last year’s Mental Health Education Conference for Faith Leaders included the following presentations:
Tuesday, May 4th at 11:00am: “Critical Collaboration: Faith and Mental Health Professionals as Partners in Community Care” presented by Bishop C. Guy Robinson. This first webinar in our series will explore the critical need for strategic partnerships between professionals in faith and mental health traditions.
Tuesday, May 11th at 11:00am: “Mental Health Matters: Creating Effective Mental Health Ministries” presented by Rev. Domanic A. Smith. This webinar will continue the conversation about the efficacy of creating mental wellness teams by exploring the origins of health teams in organized faith systems, understanding key components of established wellness teams, and creating teams based on your faith organization’s capacity.
Tuesday, May 18th at 11:00am: “Supporting Internal Family Systems Mental Health Model with Spiritual Practices” presented by Claudia Cameron, LCSW-C, ATR-BC, Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen and Cantorial Intern Becky Mann, of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. This webinar will illustrate the intersections between Jewish spiritual practices and IFS, the Internal Family Systems model of mental health. They will explore how Torah study, meditation and chant can support mental health and wholeness.
Tuesday, May 25th at 11:00am: “Connecting the Dots…And it Doesn’t End with Us” presented by Min. Lisa Connors and Belinda Kock. The final webinar in our series will connect the dots by encouraging interfaith leaders to educate and promote mental health and substance use wellness in their faith communities.
To learn more about this conference or to join our planning workgroup, please contact Director of Programs and Outreach, Clarrissa Taylor Jackson, email@example.com.
Faith Toolkit for Faith Leaders and Community Members
Faith and spirituality can be a very helpful component of someone’s recovery from mental illness. People experiencing a mental health condition may often turn first to a trusted faith leader for support. There are many ways that faith leaders, just like you, can be welcoming and inclusive to the 1 in 5 people who are impacted by a mental health condition. This toolkit connects faith leaders to resources that will help you:
- Gain Better Knowledge and Understanding of Mental Health Conditions
- Learn What Actions You Can Take to Create an Informed, Inclusive and Supportive Environment
- Connect Individuals and Families to Help and Support
To receive your digital copy of NAMI Metro Baltimore’s Faith Toolkit, please contact Director of Programs and Outreach, Clarrissa Taylor Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org.