Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Mental Health Blog!
This blog has been created to be a beacon for education about mental health in order to remove stereotypes and prejudice and promote understanding and justice within Unitarian Universalism and beyond. It is a joint project of the EqUUal Access Mental Health Caucus and the mental health community ministry of Rev. Barbara F. Meyers.
We will begin the blog with monthly posts, leaving open the option of greater frequency as time and circumstances allow.
We will seek contributions from a number of different viewpoints from people who are knowledgeable about mental health issues. A special focus will be on ethical impact of mental health issues using a UU lens. Voices from many people will be articulated, and expect that contrasting opinions will be expressed.
We will aim to speak with love, caring, honesty, authenticity, constructively, and when necessary issue a challenge, giving voice to mental health issues in society, especially in marginalized communities. A steering committee is in charge of choosing blog authors and maintaining the following editorial policy:
- We will seek different points of view, and make sure that all of the views are respectful of consumers and family members. There will be differences of opinion between groups, but they will be addressed respectfully.
- Invited blog writers will include people of different ethnicities and people born in different cultures
- Reflections on problem areas are appropriate, but not tying them to specific named people or congregations. An exception to this is elected leaders who have responsibility for mental health policies.
- We want the blog to be heard and understood by a large audience. Accordingly, editors will strive to ensure that profanity isn’t used and that slang is limited or its meaning explained, while understanding that both of these are subjective judgments.
- We will seek to highlight significant successes
- We will highlight problem areas with suggested changes for improvement and for seeking justice
- We will look for the ethical/moral/religious aspect in the story
- Here is a list of possible subjects (not exhaustive):
- Personal experiences
- Reviews of books, movies, organizations
- Charitable organizations
- Heroes / champions
- Best practices. Congregations with these practices.
- How mental health is treated in a different country / culture