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Mental Wellness Ministry

You are invited to an open forum to discuss Stressbusting in Today’s World on Sunday, September 18 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Check in and snacks will be from 3:30-4:00.

We know that the ways we have coped with stress in the past might not be effective anymore. Let’s face it, we’ve all gone through a lot of changes and stresses over the past couple of years. During the open forum, we will discuss how our faith community might offer information and tools to recognize, understand, and manage stress.  

Unfortunately, dealing with stress is nothing new. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental wellness team of Sun Prairie UMC reached out to the larger community of Sun Prairie, including families, service providers, and educators, to better understand how mental health concerns impact individuals, families, and the larger community. The mental wellness team was grateful and motivated by the rich information gathered from all participants in these conversations. Then along came COVID-19 with all the implications for anxiety, isolation, grief, loss, and uncertainty. The team had the opportunity to visit with several groups within our faith community and learned that stress had only been exacerbated.  

At the same time, when invited to respond to ranking the City of Sun Prairie priority areas in addressing the impact of COVID-19, as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) needs survey, mental health was the most critical need and observations that youth are experiencing emotional and mental health challenges, including increased levels of depression and anxiety. Law enforcement, mental health providers and educators would suggest increased anxiety, escalation in high-risk behaviors and behavior disruption are also related to increased stress. 

Please join us to discuss how we can best support one another live healthier, less stressful lives. 

Please join us at church September 18 from 4:00-6:00, with snacks and check-in starting at 3:30 p.m.

 

Pre-register online at https://forms.gle/NGp7dWJVBkYk8bNy6

A light snack will be provided

Childcare provided (please note needed childcare in registration)