Day 3 (APRIL 1)

Faithful Families PRINT

Welcome to DAY 3 of #FFSummit2020!


On this page, you can find today’s conversations, recordings, and resources.


Faith & Mental Health


Today, our focus will be on the ways that faith communities can begin to think about mental health. How can faith communities support individuals and families within their reach?  Who may be experiencing challenges related to mental health?

Through our resources, personal challenge and presentation today, we hope to think think together about the intersection of #MentalHealthandFaith, strengths that faith communities bring to the conversation around mental health, and the roles that faith communities can play in supporting mental health in their communities.


Webinar Event

TODAY, April 1
1-2pm EDT

Conversation with Dr. Janeé Avent-Harris

Dr. Janeé Avent-Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at East Carolina University.  Her work is motivated by her passion to see people from all backgrounds and life experiences have access to quality and culturally sensitive mental health services.

If you missed it, you can watch the webinar here.

A transcript of the webinar is available here.


Personal Challenge

Identify a practice for self-care or stress relief and carve out the time to engage with that practice today. Note any differences this practice makes in your day and think about ways you might be able to adopt a daily practice into your routine.

Need some suggestions? Check out these resources:



Engage with #FFSummit2020 by sharing on social media!

@FaithfulFamiliesThriving Communities


Use today’s hashtags to join the conversation. If you know of additional resources, tools, or upcoming events that would be of interest, email us or tag us on social media!




Check out these helpful resources on how you and your community can engage in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak:


Books & Articles
  • The Church Leaders’ Counseling Resources Guide: A Guide to Mental Health and Social Problems (Edited by Cynthia Franklin and Rowena Fong)
  • How Practicing Gratitude May Benefit your Health  Available here >>
  • How You Think About Stress Matters  Available here >>


  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet, an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy, and congregations of all faith traditions with resources for faith communities for welcoming and supporting individuals and families living with mental illness.  Available here >>
  • Partnership Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives leads the department’s efforts to support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations.  They offer webinars and community resources, including The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith-based and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities.  Available here >>
  • Mental Health First Aid and Faith and Spiritual Communities educates faith leaders and communities about common mental health and substance use challenges.
    Learn more here >>
    Find resources here >>
    Find courses here >>
  • Courage of Care Coalition offers online courses focused on sustainable compassion, building resilience, and more. Available here >>


Videos & Podcasts
  • Watch a conversation between Dr. Janeé Avent-Harris and Pastor James Gailliard about mental health disparities in the Black Community.  Available here >>
  • Listen to a recent with Dr. Janeé Avent-Harris on The Thoughtful Counselor podcast. She discusses her work on religious coping in the African American church.  Listen here >>


COVID-19 Resources

  • US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a Disaster Technical Assistance Center, which helps states, U.S. territories, tribes and local providers plan for and respond to behavioral health needs after a disaster. You can find toolkits and other training resources as well as links to behavioral health resources for supporting first responders, older adults, children and youth, as well as other community members during and after a disaster or traumatic event.  Available here >>
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled resources and recommendations for adults, children and even responders for managing the elevated stress and anxiety that may be arising from the pandemic.  Available here >>
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness has compiled a guide, with links to many additional resources, for support with many mental health challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Available here>>
  • The NAMI Help Line can also be reached at (800) 950-6264, from 10am-6pm EST.


Read about the amazing things that faith communities are doing in…


Louisa, KY through University of Kentucky Extension

Mecklenburg County through NC State Extension