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Mental Health Survey - Seminary Questions

Background and context

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, one in five people in the United States has a diagnosable mental health condition during any given year.  Over the past decade, the rate of suicide has increased significantly, particularly among youth, older adults, and veterans. In 2017, 70,000 people died from drug overdoses and 47,000 died by suicide, 24,000 of these involving guns.

Alongside people living with chronic poverty, high levels of violence, and homelessness, a growing number of people have been directly affected by the trauma of mass shootings, hate crimes, and natural disasters. The mental health implications for young children being forcibly separated from their parents at the border are profound but not yet measured; so are the implications for those  growing up with active shooter drills or chronic exposure to systemic racism. All together, this forms the backdrop for ministry in U.S. congregations at this point in history.

In 2018, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) adopted a mental health initiative that called for:

1)  The establishment of a $250,000 grant program to seed mental health ministry in PC(USA) congregations, presbyteries, and seminaries
2)  The launch of a churchwide mental health network of PC(USA) congregations, presbyteries/synods, and seminaries engaged in a mental health ministry
3)  A churchwide mental health survey to find out what is currently being done, to identify good models and resources to share and to identify areas of need for additional attention and resources. 

Why participate?

We know that your time is valuable and that the PC(USA) is not necessarily your faith tradition. That said, we would greatly appreciate your participation and help in gathering this information, which we hope can benefit a wider audience. The survey is designed for both seminary faculty and students to participate in, and we’d like as many to participate as possible.  

Thank you in advance for your time and participation!
All data will be reported in aggregate as not to identify the respondents.