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"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

Mental Health as a Continuum

We acknowledge that mental and emotional wellness are subject to both internal and external circumstances, with countless experiences of well-being along a continuum between the extreme ends of healthiness and unhealthiness. Depending on your circumstance at any given time, you may find yourself at one point on the continuum and shift position as your situation improves or declines.

I'M FEELING BLAH    I'M IN CRISIS NOW

It's OK to Not Be OK

"Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021." Excerpted from The New York Times' 4/19/21 article "There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing"

If you think you might benefit from some help, we're here for you. Email Karen confidentially at 

Mental Health and Faith 

UMC Social Principles statement on Mental Health 

Faith & Facts: Health and Wholeness (from UMC Church and Society)

FUMCR Stephen Ministry

Stephen Minister can provide one-to-one confidential Christian caregiving as you process your feelings and move forward. Email  if you have questions or would like to consider requesting a Stephen Minister. 

Mental Health Resources

The Grant Halliburton Foundation offer resources including articles, short video lessons for youth (coping with stress, supporting peers, mindfulness) and adults (recognizing mental health crisis, talking to teens, cabin fever, stress), pandemic-related information, and a mental health help line (972.525.8181, Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm) as well as specific Mental Health Resources for Texans and Ten Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
  •  Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty 
  •  Risk Factors and Warning Signs - Talk, Behavior, Mood. 
  •  How to Save a Life - Know what to look for. Know what to do. Know where to get help.

ACE - Ask. Care. Embrace. Identify Risk. Prevent Suicide. (Columbia Lighthouse Project)

Now Matters Now - Online skills training videos to help teach emotional regulation


Self-harm and Suicide Prevention

We believe God is all knowing and loves unconditionally. God cares about you, does not judge you based on your mental health, does not condemn you because of your illness or suicidal thoughts/attempts. God knows your suffering and your pain and walks with you on your journey through this darkness, even if you can’t feel God’s presence.

If you are considering suicide or harming yourself, please use any of the contacts listed below right away.

  •  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) or TTY 1.800.799.4889. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  •  Visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org .
  •  Text HOME to 741741 in the US to reach the Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential resource available 24/7.  A trained crisis counselor will respond to you with support and information.


Support Following Suicide Loss

We want to walk alongside you.
  •  N TX Survivors of Suicide Loss Facebook Group 
  •  Christian Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group responds with individual assistance as needs arise. Contact: Terri Hartman (terri1913@gmail.com / 214.797.3511).


Education & Training

Mental Health First Aid Training

National Alliance of Mental Illness

Grant Halliburton Mental Health Education Programs

Talk Saves Lives community-based presentation covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it. Presenter: Terri Hartman (terri1913@gmail.com / 214.797.3511).

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Talk Saves Lives

Relevant, informative presentation available

Out of the Darkness Walk

Sat, Oct 30, 10 am - 12 midnight


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