The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3174.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Table 5

Abstract #59333

Building a collaborative partnership among faith-based organizations and an agency caring for clients with mental disorders

Carolyn H Mason, MS, RN, Department of Nursing, Miami University, 1602 Peck Blvd., Hamilton, OH 45011-3399, 513-829-1065,

The U.S. Surgeon General reports that each year one in five persons will experience a mental illness requiring treatment. Butler County, Ohio has a population of 330,000. Annually, 66,000 persons will need mental health treatment. Many people turn to their place of worship for emotional and spiritual support when experiencing mental distress. Consequently, faith-based organizations are often presented with people experiencing mental illness. Many times these organizations lack the personnel, knowledge or skills to help their members or those seeking help at their door. A Butler County, Ohio agency caring for the chronic mentally ill is also experiencing several needs. They are facing the loss of funding from the state, failure to pass a much needed mental health levy, increased numbers of people needing help, and a growing population in the county. This agency needs more local support to help those with mental illness. The aim of this study is to show collaborative ways that a mental health agency and local faith based organizations can support each other. Collaborative partnerships and openness to creatively meet the needs of the emotionally ill are needed in this time of economic shortfall. Data comes from a countywide survey of faith-based organizations. The survey assesses the needs of the faith-based community and potential ways they can support the mental health agency. Cooperation of the two groups would benefit the chronic mentally ill. Preliminary data will be presented.

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Keywords: Faith Community, Mental Disorders

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Impact of religion and spirituality on health

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA