Did You Know?
- One in four persons sitting in our congregation has a family member struggling with mental health issues
- One in ten children and youth has a serious mental illness condition
- Fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children who live with mental health needs receive any level of treatment in any one year
- 60% of individuals with a mental health issue go first to a spiritual leader for help
We believe Ankeny First United Methodist Church can be and is becoming a more caring congregation for persons living with a mental illness and their family member(s). We are working together with other resources in our community toward the following goals:
- Increase awareness of mental illness and mental health needs in the community.
- Encourage more mental health services to be available in Ankeny.
- Sponsor educational meetings to de-stigmatize mental illness.
- Provide a list of mental health resources to make available to those who need them
- Actively communicate with the school board, city council, and legislature to increase support for mental health in the schools and in the community.
- Provide spiritual resources for all affected by mental illness.