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Central California Life Magazine

The Church & Mental Illness

(Breaking the Silence)

Studies show that the first place many go for help in a mental health crisis is the church. But sadly many pastors, church leaders, and volunteers are not equipped with the practical tools needed to compassionately and effectively assist those who are hurting. Let's CHANGE that! Whether you are a pastor, church staff, counselor, friend or family member of someone living with a mental illness, you are invited to join us for this one day event designed to help equip you with practical and biblical tools that will minister to and bring God's hope and healing to those who suffer. Our keynote speaker will be David Mandani, founder and CEO of Saving Face Saving Grace. David recently spoke and led workshops at The Gathering on Mental Health and The Church hosted by Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church. David has served for over 20 years in nonprofit and behavorial health settings and was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the age of 18. He is committed to advocating, educating, and sharing the comfort and hope he has found in Jesus Christ and we are thrilled to have him come to Fresno as our speaker! In addition to David, we will also have breakout sessions, panel discussions, and personal testimonies from those touched by mental illness.