The Respect Life Committee prays and works to increase an awareness and respect for all human life from conception to natural death. Community engagement, activism and prayer are used to strengthen the culture of life among the community of Saint Bridget, the greater Richmond area and beyond.
Respect Life Events
Mental Illness, Depression, Opioid Abuse and Suicide – Catholic Perspectives
Saturday, October 21st, 9:00 – 11:00 am
All are invited to learn about anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and mental illness and their ravaging effects on both individuals and their families. Our speakers will offer insight into the severity of these challenges and their impact on life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They will offer their thoughts on how to respond through our Catholic faith to help address these challenges.
Agenda and Speakers
8:45 Coffee and Gather
9:00 Opening and Prayer
9:05 Tending the Flock - Pastoral Care for the Challenged – Monsignor William Carr, pastor of St. Bridget Church, offers his perspectives on providing pastoral care to parishioners dealing with mental health challenges.
9:15 Loving Care for Depression and Anxiety – Sr. Kathleen Persson. Depression and anxiety are an epidemic in the United States, affecting both adults and children. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates 15 million people aged 15 to 44 are living with depression. Many elderly persons also struggle with depression in their senior years. Sr. Kathleen offers her perspectives as a counselor for these challenges over the past 30 years.
9:55 Short Break
10:00 Opioids, Depression, and Suicide – An Epidemic in the Extremes – August Wallmeyer. Based on two years of research into Virginia’s Extremes – the Southwest, Southside, and Eastern Shore – Mr. Wallmeyer will present a portrait of Virginia largely unknown to most Virginia residents. Augie will provide insight into the severe challenges of opioid addiction and its impact in these remote parts and all of Virginia, and his ideas on what Virginia should do.
10:25 Caring for Your Family’s Mental Wellness – Grace Gallagher. One out of four teens suffers from a mental illness. Eighty percent can be treated effectively, yet only 33% seek help. Mental illness does not discriminate, it is not a choice, and it is rampant among teenagers. Grace Gallagher, Executive Director of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, will discuss this dramatic challenge that faces our youth and their families. She will share practical solutions to help care for a family’s mental health.
10:45 Open Discussion – Planned time for discussion and questions for the speakers.
11:00 Closing Prayer for Life and Blessing
Location: Saint Bridget Catholic Church in the Commons
For more information, please call Vicki Gazzola at 282-9511 or email Vicki@saintbridgetchurch.org.
For anyone interested, here is a link to a book, the Catholic Guide to Depression, that has an excellent description of clinical depression. It is a very helpful book on all aspects of a very complex set of issues surrounding the disease.
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