ICS Lunch and Learn Series Gives Local Faith Communities Tools to Help Those Affected by Depressionby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Feb. 14, 2013, under Press Releases
(TUCSON, AZ)—According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1 in 10 Arizonans are struggling with depression at any given time. Research shows that 40% of people who are suffering with a mental health issue will turn first to a faith community or clergy member for support. As part of its ongoing Lunch and Learn series to help southern Arizona congregations better assist people impacted by mental illness, Interfaith Community Services is presenting “Out of the Blue: Understanding Depression” on February 28.
The session is open to anyone with an interest in the topic. “Out of the Blue: Understanding Depression” takes place Thursday, February 28 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Registration, including lunch, is $10 prepaid. Contact ICS at 520.297.2738 ext. 233 or email@example.com to sign up or for more information.
Featured speakers Laurie Robinson, MTS, and Michael Dattola, LCSW, both with El Rio Health Center, will follow up their popular workshop from ICS’s April 2012 “Faith Communities and Mental Illness: Tools for Response and Care” conference. Robinson and Dattola will discuss the signs and symptoms of depression, local care and treatment options, the difference between feeling “blue” and serious depression, and the dos and don’ts of interacting with someone with depression. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
“Depression is one of the most common mental health issues and it can strike anyone,” said Karen MacDonald, ICS’s Faith Engagement Manager and one of the Lunch and Learn organizers. “Faith communities are a natural place for people to turn when they are struggling, but many congregations and clergy feel they don’t have the resources or knowledge to help. That’s the motivation behind this session—to give participants tools to respond with care and compassion.”
About ICS: ICS provides food, job assistance, and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and mobilizes volunteers to assist seniors and disabled individuals with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls and visits, and health and safety referrals. ICS offers compassionate support by connecting over 600 volunteers and 72 faith communities with our community’s most vulnerable residents.From nutritious food to health evaluations to a ride to the doctor’s office, ICS assists over 25,000 people a year. ICS has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating three years in a row for its fiscal responsibility and best practices.