Community Howard Regional Health’s Spiritual Services department invites the Kokomo and surrounding communities to an educational event and discussion surrounding mental health and pastoral care. The Mental Health and Pastoral Care Dialogue will take place on Oct. 18 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Chapel at First Nazarene Church, located at 2734 S. Washington St. in Kokomo.
The event is in conjunction with the national Spiritual Care Week theme, Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusions. Persons who live with mental illness are too often marginalized due to misunderstanding and prejudice. At the Mental Health and Pastoral Care Dialogue three panelists will delve into this issue and offer their expertise to inspire the community to journey with persons in behavioral health crisis. The panelists will address issues such as what to expect if a family member or friend is hospitalized for mental illness and also discuss specific ways we can care for those with mental illness and their families. Panelists also will address questions of whether mental illness is caused by spiritual weakness, lack of faith or a problem with brain function. The panelists will feature: Dr. Chelsi Day, Psy.D, HSPP, Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology for Indiana University; Dr. John F. Schiltz, psychiatrist and outpatient medical director for Community Howard Behavioral Health and Rev. Dr. Yoke Lye Kwong, Spiritual Services Director for Community Howard Regional Health & Certified Educator, ACPE. The event is open to the public. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Chaplain Suzi Keown by calling 765-453-8155 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.