Mental Health Series Session 7

Mental Health: Conversation & Education

Session 7: Dementia (closing session)

This page is part of a larger series titled Mental Health: Conversations & Education.  To see the full list of topics, and to download the entire series as a PDF, visit the Mental Health Series page.

 


 

Topic: Dementia, and closing out the series

Introduction

Video: Living with Dementia with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (10:22)

Handouts / Q & A

From All Belong:

 

Talk about the opening video and contents of the handout(s). Have a mental health professional take a few general questions.

 

Discussion Time

Videos:

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do we show God’s love to those with dementia?
  2. How do we receive love from those with dementia?
  3. How do we show love to persons who are caregivers for those living with dementia?

Scripture:  1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

 

(Optional) Personal Story

If you have invited someone to share for 5 minutes, now is the time for that.

 

Thought to take with you: “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” (Mother Teresa)

 

Prayer: O God of Light and Knowledge, — we pray that darkness, fear, and ignorance about serious mental illnesses might be dispelled by the light of knowledge. We pray for Peace and Wholeness – for those with troubled minds and hearts, that broken lives and relationships might be mended. We ask for Understanding — that the walls of stigma, labels, exclusion, and marginalization might be broken down through education and advocacy. We pray for Healing — for men, women, and children living with mental illness, for better treatment, for steadier recovery, for greater opportunity to work and serve. We ask for Faith and Hope – for those who feel no one cares.  Dispel their despair through a cup of cold water, an outstretched arm, a listening ear, a committed advocate. We offer our Thanks – for new discoveries in medical research, for faithful caregivers, for dedicated mental health professionals, and persistent researchers. Most of all, O God of Steadfast Love, we thank you for your Love — that sustains the weary, that defends the weak, that sets the lonely in families, that brings beauty out of ashes, that brings a song in the night; that inspires courage to hope, to watch, to work for a new and brighter Day. AMEN.  (An Advocate’s Prayer from the NAMI FaithNet website)