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    Wespath to offer Mental Health webinars March 10 and 24

    February 10, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    One in every five Americans (52.9 million people) experience mental illness each year.

    The signs of someone struggling with mental health are often subtle, leaving many conditions undetected and therefore undiagnosed and untreated. It’s important to not only recognize these signs in ourselves but in our family, friends and colleagues so that we can give them the support they need when they need it.

    Recognizing this gap in care and the results from the 2021 Clergy Well-being Survey showing a steady decline in mental and emotional health, Wespath is offering first aid training for mental health.

    First aid training for mental health is a two-part live, virtual webinar facilitated by Chris White, a leading international UK government hostage and crisis negotiator and First Aid for Mental Health trainer. This training will teach you how to identify and understand mental health challenges with empathy, and without judgment.

    According to White, “We all have our ‘window on the world’” and that window is in a room. The First Aid for Mental Health concept of empathy is listening without judgment to earn the right to enter another person’s room and look at the world through their window. First Aid for Mental Health teaches you how to be invited (or welcomed) into someone else’s room, see the world through their window and get them the help they need. It also teaches you how to accept and understand your own mental health needs, without embarrassment or shame.

    This training is offered to all United Methodist Church clergy and their spouses, Church leaders, staff and congregation members– at no cost. Spots are limited. To learn more about the different seminars and to register, click here.

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    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."