Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church Organizing ‘Mental Health and the Church’ Gathering

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Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church, the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County (NAMI-OC) are joining together to host the “Gathering on Mental Health and the Church” on March 28 at Saddleback Church in Southern California.

Open to everyone, the gathering is designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any who face the challenges of mental illness.

“It’s so important that people know, no matter how desperate their despair, there is hope, and not to give up,” Kay Warren says. “We want this to be a hopeful event that encourages individuals and helps them realize they are not alone in dealing with mental illness.”

This event marks the first initiative in the Warrens’ mission to remove the stigma of mental illness following the April 5 passing of their son Matthew, who struggled with mental illness.

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