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updated: 10/3/2012 2:05 PM

Mental health resources available at faith community conference

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David Hass

DUPAGE COUNTY--With the Interfaith Mental Health Coalition (IMHC) holding its second bi-annual conference on Oct. 23 for clergy and leadership, the DuPage County Health Department reminds faith communities that there is still time to register and take advantage of a wide range of mental health resources.

The Health Department is among organizations supporting the conference, which will be held at the Abbington Banquet Facility along Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. The theme is "A Wealth of Mental Health Resources for Your Faith Community: Developing Collaborative Relationships That Work!"

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The IMHC organized this conference to provide resources and inspiration to people in the faith community who may encounter persons with mental health needs. The IMHC is a coalition of mental health-related organizations and faith communities who work together to increase mental health awareness. IMHC recognizes that people with mental health needs often turn to their faith communities for support.

The keynote speaker is the Rev. Craig Rennebohm, who founded the Mental Health Chaplaincy in Seattle. The author of several books, Rev. Rennebohm has taught and given presentations throughout the nation and world. He served for 10 years with an international, interfaith working group on spirituality and social work. He currently consults for Pathways to Promise, a national interfaith mental health resource center.

The registration deadline is Oct. 19. Registration is available at www.interfaithmhc.org. Click on event registration and look for "register individual."

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