Mental Health Matters

Hope Matters
Our mental health ministry is titled Mental Health Matters – Hope Matters, which involves several efforts focused on raising awareness, reducing stigma and promoting wellness related to mental health.

Monthly Support

We have a monthly support and connection meeting for anyone living with mental health challenges, anyone who loves or cares for someone with mental illness; anyone who would like to connect to community resources; anyone who would like to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness. It is a confidential, non-judgemental, informal time for listening, sharing, encouraging, praying, being present to one another.  Kelly Collins, MSW, facilitates the group. All adults are welcome, or teens, on an individual basis.

Education/Awareness Building

Our ministry hosts opportunities for our congregation throughout the year to learn and understand more. Specifically during May, Mental Health Awareness Month, there a number of  initiatives to learn one another’s stories, become educated about community resources, and become a better informed community, offering encouragement, acceptance and hope to one another.

Community Partnership

We work collaboratively with several other groups in our community. These partnerships , which include National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Interfaith Coalition on Mental Health, Fox River Valley Initiative. Lutheran Socail Services of Illinois Behavioral Health, Ecker Center for Mental Illness, are valuable in helping to bring health, healing and hope to brothers and sisters at Bethlehem and the wider community.

For more information, please contact Kelly Collins at 630.584.2199 x232 or