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Welcoming Words: Nurturing Safety and Belonging (Online)

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

Welcoming Words: Nurturing Safety and Belonging

Session 3 of the Four Corners “Language Matters” series

December 7th, 12:00pm via Zoom

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Faith communities are often a major part of individual and family support networks that provide belonging, meaning, and hope.

These communities and their leaders play a critical role in reducing mental health stigma, providing accurate information about mental health and referring persons to additional services.

Faith leaders and community members who are educated about mental health, especially destigmatizing language, are better equipped to help people feel welcome and heard without judgement, reducing isolation and shame.

This session will be an interactive time to review how faith communities and others can create organizational values of dignity through language. We’ll also learn practical strategies and models for spaces that help everyone feel welcome.

Speaker: Rachel Johnson:  Rachel is a commissioned minister in her 16th year of service as the Religious Coordinator at the Lincoln Regional Center. In addition to providing weekly spiritual services, Rachel organizes internal and public events, and outreach on mental health awareness, LRC cemeteries, and hospital history. She is a passionate advocate for mental health and trauma awareness in faith communities. As a cofounder of the Disciples Behavioral Health Initiative, a Faith Partners team for the Christian Church in Nebraska, she provides mental health and substance use resources for statewide congregations. She serves on the Emotional and Spiritual Care committee for Nebraska VOAD and other community initiatives. Previously, Rachel worked for Cedars Youth Services where she provided in home structured parenting interventions towards family reunification. Rachel earned her psychology degree from UNL and has completed multiple trainings in Mental Health First Aid; Critical Incident Stress Management; Question, Persuade, Refer; Whole Health Action Management; and Motivational Interviewing.

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December 7
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
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Four Corners Health Department


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