Companionship Pathways to Promise A National Mental Health Ministry Resource Developing the capacity of congregations to support recovery and wellness Companionship Defined Companionship is a relationship responsive to suffering Companionship is a relationship supportive of
recovery and wellness Companionship is a public relationship The Model of the Samaritan Five Areas of Concern
Childrens mental health Trauma Serious mental illness Substance use Issues of aging Companionship Begins with Sensitivity, Compassion and Concern
Sensitivity we pick up signals of anothers suffering through our senses Feelings of sympathy, empathy and compassion are triggered in us Concerns arise This is natural we are made to be sensitive, compassionate and concerned Companion a Person or Pass By? Pay attention to your alert system
Be aware of feelings of discomfort and uneasiness in yourself Honor concerns about your limits, knowledge and ability These caution signals are also natural Five Practices of Companionship
Hospitality Neighboring Sharing the journey side by side Listening Accompaniment Hospitality
Creating safe space with another person Treating another person with dignity and respect; seeing the other person as a worthy and valuable human being Offering refreshment, nourishment, a time and place to rest Neighboring
Sharing common time and space Beginning as human beings Saying a simple hello Im Craig. How do you like to be called? Starting with what we have in common
A frameless relationship Sharing the Journey Side by Side There are basically three ways we can be with another person: we can stand behind someone pushing and telling them where to go. we can be face to face we can share the journey side by side
The Practice of Listening Listen for the story whatever a person is able to tell, however they are able to tell it. present past future Tips on Listening
It is a gift simply to listen Listen for the human themes and feelings
Listen to yourself Take care with responses Listen over time and in community Listen for the words of faith, hope and love Listen for a persons spiritual story The Practice of Accompaniment Naming needs The need for charity is an opportunity for community
Consult, confirm and refer Encourage partnerships and a circle of care Go with, or hold the person in thought and prayer Limits and Boundaries Companions have limits: Physical, emotional and intellectual Personal and social Spiritual
Model setting limits, keeping boundaries and working as part of team Practice saying, Im not able to do that. Basic Community Resources In an emergency call 911 In a crisis call your local crisis line Call 211 for information about community resources Consult with your companionship colleagues
and mental health team Work with your congregations health and human service partners in the neighborhood Mutuality In companionship we move toward increasing mutuality, in a relationship marked by:
deepening authenticity increasing personal responsibility an expanding circle of care growing social life and community participation renewed family, friendship and neighborhood connections Companionship is a Process
Settings for Companionship Sabbath companions welcome and support during worship Congregational companions care for members of the faith community Community Companions serving in shelters and housing programs, drop-in centers, community meals, and centers of care and treatment
Companionship Care Teams A group of several companions Companioning one or more individuals Accountable to the Congregational Mental Health Team or other leadership Meeting regularly for prayer, study, sharing and spiritual discernment Providing each other mutual support
A Mental Health Team A Mental Health Team in the congregation provides a framework for mental health ministry including companionship. Team members serve as contact people for individuals and families seeking help The team provides leadership for creating a caring congregation The Mental Health Team helps train, organize and support companionship care teams
Companionship Support Meetings A movement into prayer or meditation A movement into scripture A movement into reflection and sharing
A movement into discernment and action In the support meeting, we companion each other. Our word Our gentle gesture Our presence Is medicine
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