EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

The statistics are staggering: 1 out of every 4 adults in America will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. For those who are struggling with mental and emotional health concerns, you are not alone. Welcome to FPCB’s Emotional Wellness Ministry, a place of refuge, love, and compassion where you can well qualified Christian people offering confidential services and resources.

For help or information, please contact a pastor, or Trish Fritz, Deacon for Emotional Wellness. or call the church office at 610-867-5865. 


FPCB RESOURCES

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FPCB's Overcomers Outreach | Weekly, Wednesdays, 7-8:00 pm
Learn more about FPCB's Overcomers Outreach, a Christian 12-Step Addictions Support Group provides a safe, Christian environment to talk and be in fellowship with other Christians in recovery. Are you ready to allow God to free you from dependencies and compulsions? Do you strongly believe that Jesus is your higher power? Do you want to find peace of mind? This support group provides a safe, Christian environment to talk and be in fellowship with other Christians in recovery. This group meets every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 408. For more information, e-mail May Duddingor Bill Hoppe.

 
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Prayer and Share Together for Emotional Wellness | Monthly, Second Monday, 7- 8:30 pm
Two Christian support groups for Lehigh Valley women:  one for women with loved ones who are struggling with emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar; and another for those who are afflicted themselves. 
Both meet on the second Monday of every month from 7- 8:30 pm, and all women are invited to attend.  The study will guide participants toward a way out of inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. This study is for every woman who thinks, "I can't keep pretending everything is fine!" and who wants to discover the path to emotional health. For more information, contact Linda.

 

Emotional Wellness Support Partners
Sisters and Brothers in Christ trained in Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work, offer one-on-one, faith based, compassionate support for people experiencing mental or emotional health difficulties.  For more information, contact Trish Fritz.


OTHER RESOURCES 

Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students:
Read more

Video Resources: 
Watch the video from the 2012 Dismantling the Stigma of Depression Conference.
Watch the video from the 2013 Forgiveness Conference

Related Links of interest:
www.truthforwomen.org
www.nami.org
www.afsp.org
www.lighthousenetwork.org


SERVE OPPORTUNITIES

Do you have a heart for helping people afflicted with mental illness and their families? Be a part of breaking the silence and stigma by joining the Emotional Wellness Team. Get involved today!

Long Term Serve Opportunities:
We are looking for anyone with a background or interest in serving or supporting people with emotional health needs, especially those who might help expand the ministry to serve the needs of children, teens and parents by creating support groups.

Professional Resource Listing:
Counselors, Social Workers and other mental health professionals who would like to become part of the network of Christian therapists, school, or agency professionals, who are included on the list of professional resources.

Resource Network:
A network has been created, which currently includes:

  • licensed professional counselors
  • licensed social workers
  • school psychologists
  • school counselors
  • community providers of mental health services for adults, children, and families
  • a psychiatric nurse
  • a parish nurse
  • the facilitator of Prayer and Share Together (a support group for women who have loved ones struggling with emotional issues and also for those afflicted themselves.)

Additional providers are encouraged to contact team members if they would like to become part of the network team.

Contact Trish Fritz, Deacon for Emotional Wellness, at fritz.trish@gmail.com for details or to serve in any of these opportunities.


The suffering of mental illness, whether for the afflicted or for their families, is typically marked by isolation. Most people don’t think about the mental health of their neighbors and friends, and people sitting next to them at church on Sunday morning. But the truth is, mental illness is everywhere. The statistics tell us that virtually everyone has been affected by it to some degree — some through their own illness and more of us through the challenge of relating to someone with a disorder.
— Amy Simpson, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission, 2013.