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Rural Missouri Connection: Mental Health


Mental health can be defined as developmental brain disorders with genetic and environmental factors leading to altered circuits and altered behavior (NIMH). Mental well-being is defined as a state in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community (WHO). Missourians report an average of 4.4 mentally unhealthy days in the past 30 days and 14% of adults in Missouri report 14 or more days of poor mental health a month (CHR).  

The Rural Missouri Connection will gather resources for education and awareness of mental health and its potential challenges, barriers, and opportunities.  The Rural Missouri Connection will also encourage and promote events and partnerships that highlight mental health and well-being resources among communities.  

Websites & Tools 

Mental Health Education 

Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Bible Study- Troubled Minds: Responding to Mental Illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Infographics and Fact Sheets.

Mental Health First Aid Trainings: Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 

Missouri Department of Mental Health.

5 Tips on Starting a Health Ministry

Mental Health Partnerships 

American Psychiatric Association: Mental Health and Faith Community Partnerships.

Conversations in Your Community: A guide for how to start or participate in community conversations that build awareness about mental health.

SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

Faith Based Initiatives 

Grassroots Guide: how to build strong and effective partnerships between community and faith organizations.

Companion Videos.

Information for Faith-Based and Community Leaders- talking points.

Fact Sheet.

Abundant Health: umcabundanthealth.org

Group Resources

Common Misconceptions about Suicide.

Children and Mental Health.

Church-Level Mental Health Promotion.

Mental Health Basics.

Suicide Warning Signs.

Missouri Show Me Hope Disaster Distress Resources

Individual Resources

Coping with Depression.

Learning/Training Opportunities

Abundant Health- Health Minister Training (online certificate program).

GBGM Church and Community Worker: commissioned missionaries devoted to uplifting the poor and disenfranchised in rural and urban areas throughout the U.S.

GBGM Earth Keepers: equipping people to launch and grow environmental projects.