Welcome to the UCC Mental Health Network

The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network works to reduce stigma and promote the inclusion of people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families in the life, leadership and work of congregations. We envision a future in which people with mental illnesses feel welcomed, supported, valued and included in their congregations.

Recent posts to The Journey blog

Good Night by Lisa LeSueur

I suddenly feel as if my body is rushing forward, racing out of a tunnel of trees toward the distant light ahead that will take me out of the forest. Something, or someone is chasing me, and I feel my legs begin to give out. The imagery that is playing out in my mind is […]

Wonderfully Made by Karl Shallowhorn

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 It was 1983. I was 21 years old. I had just quit my laborer’s job after a semester of unbridled addiction. I had plunged into a major depression and I spent the entire summer […]

Praying for the President by Vicki K. Harvey

From the moment of hearing President Trump’s Covid diagnosis, I’ve been struggling with my spiritual state. I admit it would be pretend praying, or going through the motions, to send supplications heavenward for his rapid healing, his relief from pain and anxiety, and his comfort and peace. This man, who gleefully mocks the struggles of […]