4329 Tokay Boulevard, Madison WI 53711 | info@midvalelutheran.org

(608) 238-7119

Mental Illness Awareness Weekend

Sunday, October 1, 2017

This weekend in worship we will light a candle to raise awareness about mental illness. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans experiences mental illness each year and 1 in 25 Americans experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is an important resource for learning about mental illness, something that is important for all Americans to know more about. From their website:

 

We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.

 

With proper treatment, people can realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and meaningfully contribute to the world. Without mental health we cannot be fully healthy.

 

To learn more, visit: https://www.nami.org

 

Join us this weekend as we pray for all people who are impacted by mental illness, for caregivers, and for professionals who work with mental illnesses. Our hope is that no one ever has to experience mental illness alone, but can have the support they need.

 

Blake Rohrer

Pastor Blake is co-pastor of Midvale Community Lutheran Church with his wife, Pastor Katie Baardseth. He loves serving a congregation that is welcoming, engaged with the community and the world, and centered in God's love in Jesus. He and Pastor Katie have two teenage daughters who bring them great joy. As a family they love getting outdoors in the Madison area. After living here for over fifteen years, Pastor Blake continues to be amazed at this community and all it has to offer.