St. James' Episcopal Church - Potomac 301-762-8040

Good Afternoon Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am grateful to Brian for suggesting the topic for our conversation tomorrow. It reminds me of God’s call to St. James’ for the Mental Health Ministry. Since 2018, our mission for the ministry has been to help reduce the silence and stigma that surrounds mental illness and increase compassionate awareness and accurate understanding of it. In the attached short CBS interview, we hear Patrick J. Kennedy who struggles with Bi-polar and his efforts to reduce the persistent stigma leading to silence and shame around mental health problems. Yes, it takes real courage to talk about family and personal problems. As you watch this short interview, please think about what you would like to have done differently as you encountered people with mental illness, including your loved ones.

Please try to watch this video before our meeting, just in case I am not able to to share screen.

Our warm-up question for this week:

What is the hardest thing you have ever done? What was the motivation behind that?

See all of you who can make it tomorrow,