Speaker Tara Rolstad uses powerful personal stories, humor and passion to help faith communities open dialogue and create safe spaces around issues of mental health, as well as hear the hearts and personal stories behind mental health diagnoses. Church, synagogue and other places of worship are often the first place someone turns in a mental health crisis, and for good reason. Faith communities are known for their skills caring in situations like a new baby, acute illness or hospitalizations. But when the issue is mental health, too often faith communities feel helpless. We are afraid of doing the wrong thing, not sure how to help or what to do. As a result, those who live with mental illness wind up feeling isolated, ashamed and unloved in the very community where they hoped to find strength! Meanwhile the communities suffer from the lost opportunity to better love those on the margins. This keynote is designed for faith leaders and the general member in the pew; people who have little or no experience with mental illness; those who live with mental illness; and family or friends with loved ones who struggle. The program can also be tailored as a breakout session or even a full-day Shattering Stigma with Stories conference, with additional speakers and sessions provided by Tara. Your faith community can become more loving and effective for those living with mental health challenges. Attendees gain: - a deeper understanding of life with mental health challenges - perspective on how faith calls us to understand mental illness - increased skills and confidence to respond compassionately and effectively to those who live with mental illness, their families or friends.