In Held: Showing Up for Each Other’s Mental Health, community minister and mental health advocate Rev. Barbara F. Meyers illustrates how members of liberal religious congregations can be supportive to those living with mental health problems, and their loved ones, in our congregations and society at large. Meyers addresses the fundamental elements of spiritual support—truth, hope, presence, acceptance, encouragement, authenticity, public witness, pastoral care, and safe places—with stories from real life situations and suggestions for how parishioners can provide and advocate for support in their congregations. A study guide for congregations and a list of resources for more information round out this thoughtful and necessary resource.
HELD is available at the UUA Bookstore. An e-book format is available from Amazon.com.
Here is a video with a presentation about HELD by the author: