Saving Face Saving Grace® is committed to providing mental health training that combines actionable advice with real-world experience. Whether your organization is looking for additional education to support the growing demands of mental illness, or you’re just trying to get a better grasp on your own condition, we hope our educational materials will help.
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If you would like to check out some of our available trainings, read on. (More education and trainings are also available on our blog)
Finding Support and Hope
This 7-minute visual presentation is designed for yourself – individuals living with mental illness or anyone interested in mental health recovery. This is Part 1 of what will be a series of online trainings addressing:
- How you can find hope, renewed strength, and courage to move forward – practical steps you can take TODAY!
- What is recovery, common barriers to recovery, and pathways to recovery
- SFSG’s uniquely developed GRACE-based© recovery
5 Primary Elements to Successful Recovery
NOTE: The principles presented in this workshop apply to various mental health conditions, not just schizophrenia.
How do you best support people living with schizophrenia or other mental health diagnoses? This 1-hour audio workshop, with corresponding visual slides, was recorded for a live audience of family members, friends, and church leaders. The “101” beginner workshop focuses on five different aspects of recovery and wellness, and details how a first time responder can best journey with people impacted by mental illness.
The latest research and biblical truths will provide a framework for increasing resilience and wellness outcomes. Practical guidance will be shared from the perspectives of a mental health professional, a family member, and a person with lived experience.
A Model to Extend Hope & Promote Christian Mental Wellness
SFSG has uniquely developed faith-based, research focused and practical training for anyone impacted by mental illness. In this 22-minute video, David Mandani addresses how the church (pastors/leaders/laypersons/front lines) can journey with someone living with mental illness. It will prepare you to minister effectively, and inform you how to relate to and help someone.
Maybe you’ve received a diagnosis that you don’t know much about. Are you struggling? Seeking answers? Have no background in mental health and question what all of this means? You may be feeling disbelief, misunderstood, isolated, uncertain or uninformed. You may feel ashamed, afraid, confused, or helpless; even distraught or devastated. It’s important for you to know that you are not alone. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans–roughly 43 million people–have a diagnosable mental illness. Similarly, 20% of children ages 13-18 currently have and/or previously had a serious debilitating mental disorder. Sometimes these challenges are serious and require critical care.
The good news is that people recover. Using biblical and research-based principles, learn how you can find hope, renewed strength, and courage when moving through recovery. Learn how the timeless truths of the Bible can give you the “bounce back” power, or resilience, you need to move towards wellness and recovery.
Do you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition? Perhaps you are seeking answers as to what mental illness is and/or your loved one is exhibiting symptoms that seem “out of the norm.” What do you need to know? What caused this? Is this condition biological, psychological, spiritual? Can my loved one recover? How can I reduce common barriers to recovery? What kinds of Christian resources might be available for you and your loved one to access? And, how can you ensure that you are caring for yourself in the midst of a mental health crisis?
We understand that you have lots of questions and that you want to understand what is really going on. Get answers to these, and many other questions. Learn what you can do to help support and encourage your loved one to get the care they might need.
Churches, Schools and Organizations
Are you in a helping profession or ministry? Perhaps you are part of a Christian community with a heart to serve others. You may already work as a front-line staff member in a church or school setting and frequently encounter families or individuals in need of mental health assistance. Perhaps you are working in a professional student affairs position, or may even be a pastor of your own congregation.
Leaders and laypersons alike will benefit from this online mental health training. If you have ever felt thrust into a new position to help others or generally feel ill-equipped for mental health ministry, you are certainly not alone! Many pastors and professionals have personally acknowledged this to us. Wanting to help someone is noble. Knowing how to help them is empowering. Most of us have encountered someone living with a mental illness; the question is how do we provide the most compassionate and effective care? This is a great starting place.