Mental Health


Myth: Mental health problems don’t affect me.

Fact: Mental health problems are actually very common.

Annually, about:

  • One in five American adults experience a mental health issue
  • One in 10 young people experience a period of major depression
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States
  • For the first time in history, African American males age 5 – 11 have the highest rate of suicide than all other racial and ethnic groups within that age range
  • The rate of mental health disorders doubles for those who have been to war or lived through a major disaster
  • People with a mental health issue are generally nonviolent. In fact, only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to people with a serious mental illness
  • Many factors can lead to mental illness, including genetics, physical illness or injury, and traumatic life experiences
  • Each year, serious mental illnesses cost the U.S. almost $200 billion in lost earnings
  • Most people living with mental illness lead productive lives despite their challenges


Navigating The Path To Liberation And Healing

The Purpose

  • Symposium to offer knowledge, deeper insight, and strategies to help navigate through mental health challenges.Experts and physicians are learning more every day about ways those with mental illnesses can better cope with and even overcome some of the symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health challenges. Community members looking to learn more about the causes and treatment of a mental illness are invited to attend a Free mental health symposium sponsored by St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The symposium is set for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Luke, 5710 E. R.L. Thornton Freeway.

    We will be featuring
    — Dallas Psychologist Dr. Brenda Wall, Pastor of Christian Education and Counseling, at Friendship-West Baptist Church, as our Keynote Speaker;

    — five (5) concurrent workshops addressing these topics:

    How Faith Impacts Mental Health

    • Family Secrets: How they Shape and Harm Us

    • The Psychological Family Tree (Genogram)

    • Mental Health: It is Time to Stop Saying Crazy

    • Youth Only Workshop (ages 12-17): Bounce Back – Building Resilience for      When Life Gets Tough


    — A panel of experts will focus on the topic, Navigating the Wellness Path thru the lens of a diverse group of individuals from several organizations. They will discuss perspectives or endeavors regarding the path to mental health wellness.

    While the symposium is free and open to the community, those planning to attend are asked to go to Eventbrite to pre-register. Lunch will be $8 plus Eventbrite fee per person. CEU credits for licensed professional counselors, LMFT, and social workers are available at a cost of $20 plus Eventbrite fee. For more information, call (214) 821-2970.



Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Dallas psychologist, Dr. Brenda Wall,
Pastor of Christian Education and Counseling, at
Friendship-West Baptist Church.


“Mental Health: Navigating the Path to Liberation and Healing” is for anyone who is affected by mental health struggles
and mental illness.


  • People living with a mental illness or mental health disorder
  • Family members and people who provide support
  • Faith communities, lay leaders, clergy, chaplains, and staff
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Social service agencies
  • Educators and counselors
  • Students
  • Criminal Justice agencies

This is for all of Us

Registration – Eventbrite

Click here to register for the mental health symposium


Day at a Glance

8:00 a.m.       Check-in, On-site registration, breakfast, networking, and Exhibits

9:00 a.m.       Opening General Session/Keynote Speaker

10:45 a.m.     Concurrent Workshop Sessions (Adults)

  • How Faith Impacts Mental Health
  • Family Secrets: How They Shape & Harm Us
  • The Psychological Family Tree (Genogram)
  • Mental Health: It’s Time to Stop Saying Crazy

10:45 a.m.     Youth Workshop Bounce Back – Building Resilience
(For Youth Only Ages 12-17)
12:00 p.m.     Lunch/Exhibits

12:45 p.m.     Let’s Get Revived – Seated Yoga

1:10  p.m.      Panel Discussion – Navigating the Wellness Path

2:30 p.m.       Closing Session

3:30 p.m.      Symposium Ends

  • 4 hours of LPC, LMFT, & SW CEU credits for the symposium provided by Garland Behavioral Health Hospital:  $20.00 plus Eventbrite fee
  • Certificate of Attendance will be provided upon request up to 4 hours.
  • Youth will be provided a Community Service Certificate up to 4 hours.




Sponsorship Opportunities


Click here for the sponsorship information packet

Mental Health Resources– click the link for attachment





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