Mental Health and Your Congregation

Mental Health and Your Congregation

Your congregation can provide help for those suffering mental health issues. There are many tools available to help leadership and teams to be equipped to be "first responders". This workshop will introduce you to some of these tools including reducing the stigma of mental health, gaining insight into signs and symptoms of mental illness and introducing the concept of being "trauma-informed".

Rose Jackson-Beavers will discuss why we must change the stigma on mental health and how congregations can help by learning to become behavioral health knowledgeable.

Tamela Wright will teach you how to help adults and youth who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This includes identifying, understanding, and responding to signs and symptoms.

Dr. Brandy Peoples will introduce you to concepts and skills that will help you become "trauma-informed".


Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP 
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST 

Thursday, February 10, 2022 | REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP 
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST 


Rose Jackson-Beavers grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois State and Southern Illinois Universities. She is an inspirational speaker, a mentor health advocate, and an author who speaks to various faith-based groups on mental health stigma in African American communities. She has spoken on the national stage for several organizations. In the last two years, Rose spoke to over 3,000 congregants both in person and virtually on the topic, Reducing the Stigma on Mental Health. She is also the director of faith-based initiatives for The Behavioral Health Network. The organization created the concept for Bridges and hired Rose to develop the program's model. Currently, Bridges has trained over 90 churches and 369 wellness champions. Rose is passionate about mental health issues and, when possible, writes about the trauma in her fictional and non-fiction stories. She co-authored her most recent book: Bottled Up Inside: African American Teens and Depression, with Pastor Jermine Alberty. Rose lives in Florissant, MO, with her husband, Cedric, and they have one daughter, Adeesha, and one grandson, Isaiah. For more information, contact her by email



Tamela Wright is Program Manager for Bridges to Care and Recovery, an initiative of Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis. Tamela has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Psychology. She has experience in developing and implementing educational and prevention services. Tamela serves as an advocate for mental health and reducing the stigma in the African American Community. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for both the Youth and Adult component. For more information, contact her by email.




Dr. Brandy S. Peoples is a Missouri licensed psychologist who received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and her post-doctoral residency at the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Peoples has studied mental health stigma and the intersection between psychology and religion/spirituality. She is also an expert in the areas of trauma and diagnostic assessment. Presently, Dr. Peoples is on staff at the St. Louis County Family Court where she specializes in forensic and clinical psychology. She is also an ordained minister and author who recently released her first book, "A Journey Toward Purpose and Promise," in which she shares how to fulfill God's plans for your life. For more information, contact Dr. Peoples by email. BPeoples_Headshot