St. Mary Ethiopan Orthodox Church to host conference for mental health awareness

St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church will host a conference to bring awareness of mental health. (Photo taken from Eventbrite)

St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church will host a mental health conference on Friday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a "spiritual perspective" and on Saturday, April 22, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in a "professional view."

It will be held at 16250 East Colfax Ave., Aurora.

Mental Health Conference

Per the Eventbrite post, the church’s mental health conference aims to increase public awareness of issues pertaining to mental health from an Orthodox Tewahedo point of view while simultaneously cultivating an atmosphere for adherents of the faith.

The event also aims to create an environment where high school kids, college students, and people working in the workforce can talk about the issues they experience and be provided with resources to help them.

St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church aims to establish a robust and healthy Ethiopian presence with deep roots in culture, faith, and awareness, not only for the present generation but also for future generations.

About Mental Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an individual’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being contributes to overall mental health. 

It affects the way that people think, feel, and behave. It also helps decide how to deal with stress, how to relate to other people, and whether or not to make good choices. 

It is crucial to care for mental health regardless of age, from childhood and adolescence to maturity.

The terms are frequently synonymously; nevertheless, poor mental health and mental illness differ. 

A person can have symptoms consistent with poor mental health yet not meet the diagnostic criteria for mental disease. 

Similarly, a person diagnosed with a mental disorder may go through phases in which they experience positive changes in their physical, mental, and social health.

As mentioned, no one factor brings about mental disease. There are a variety of things that can put someone at risk for developing a mental disorder.

Some of the risks include having early adverse life events, such as a history of abuse or a traumatic event early on in life, or recollections of other persistent (chronic) medical illnesses, such as cancer or diabetes.

They may also be due to biological causes or chemical abnormalities in the brain could be to blame; usage of intoxicants like alcohol or drugs; and experiencing sensations of being alone or disconnected from others.

In addition, according to studies, persons who struggle with mental health issues can and do improve. A large percentage of them make a full recovery.

There are currently more therapies, programs, and community support networks than ever before, most of which are successful.

Medication, talk therapy, or a combination of the two may be part of the treatment plan for a person struggling with mental health. 

Throughout the healing and recovery phase, many people find it helpful to work with a support system.

Furthermore, preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders emphasizes addressing identified risk factors, such as exposure to traumatic experiences, which can influence the likelihood that children, adolescents, and young adults will acquire mental health problems. 

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