freshhopeMeetings every Tuesday from 7-8:30pm

Many people within our church and our community are suffering with a mental health challenge. As many as 1 in 4 adults will be diagnosed with depression during their lifetime, a staggering statistic. This number does not include their loved ones, who are likewise challenged with how to help. Those affected with a mental health challenge have many fears: what if someone finds out, shame, failure, inability to function and the list goes on. Their loved ones wonder how can they can help, what should we do, why are they acting this way? Dealing with these challenges can easily lead them to lose hope. But we know that “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7.

The mission of Fresh Hope is: To empower individuals with a mental health challenge, along with their loved ones, to live a full and rich faith-filled life in spite of a mental health challenge. We are here to provide support to those struggling with mental health challenges in their life. Our Fresh Hope group is open to all (not just church members) and is based upon Christian principles.

We started our Fresh Hope group here on May 1st and nearly 50 people have attended at least one of our weekly meetings. Our meetings begin by reviewing the 6 tenets of the Fresh Hope program and then introductions. These brief introductions include a report on how full our “hope tank” is that day. We often hear that those attending find their hope tank is fuller after our meetings! We cover a variety of topics each week and then break into smaller groups for discussion. Topics have included recovery, phases to living well, image and stigma, working through your past, preventing relapse and others. Our focus is to encourage positive ways to overcome your mental health challenge.

It has been a blessing to be a part of this ministry and to see the progress people are making in their lives. We all learn from each other and grow each week. We would encourage all who are struggling with an emotional or mental health challenge to attend our meetings, Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm in room 132. There are other Fresh Hope resources available, including: Facebook, Fresh Hope for Mental Health, online meetings at FreshHopemeeting.com, and their website at Freshhope.us (this site has a great blog as well). We also have Fresh Hope workbooks available. If you are in need of some Fresh Hope for your life, please come and join us. We will help to fill your “hope tank”.

“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11