By Michael Rheinheimer
The Fishers Mental Health Interfaith Committee has launched a new network designed for those seeking to improve their mental health. Fishers Cares is a collaboration between churches and the private sector. The goal of each participating organization is to provide a safe place for people to receive support and referrals for stress anxiety, and other mental health issues. Each group provide access to a trained specialist.
Participants include the Fishers YMCA, Grace Church, Leavener Ministries, Northview Church, Saint Louis de Montfort Church and St. George Orthodox Church.
Fishers City Councilor Todd Zimmerman supports the program.
“Bringing together a diverse group of faith to combat stigma makes a statement to every person in Fishers,” he said. “It’s OK to not be OK, and we’re here to stand with you.”
Grace Church Pastor Kevin Roth is excited to be a part of the program and wants to take his church’s mental health work a step further.
“Many faith congregations in Fishers have engaged in mental health programming individually, but we wanted to work together to make a difference and provide practical support for someone who is seeking help in their mental health journey,” he said. “Fishers Cares is a starting point for those seeking help.”
The program is part of the city’s wider Mental Health Initiative. For more, visit StigmaFreeFishers.com/Faith. The program is free. Personal information is kept confidential.