THE TEAM

MEET

Lakita D. Long  //  FOUNDER/CEO

Winton Anderson

MHIC Pastoral Advisor 

Shamar Lewis

MHIC Pastoral Advisor 

Professor Silvester Henderson

MHIC Educational Advisor

Sabrina Robertson

LCSW- MHIC Clinical Advisor

Marcus Ruffin

LMFT MHIC Clinical and Pastoral Advisor (Southern, CA)

Dr. William Coleman

MHIC Pastoral Advisor (Pastoral Care) 

James Williams

MHIC Pastoral Advisor

(Church Connect)

Eddie Pratt

MHIC Pastoral Advisor (Intervention Services)

Mental Health In The Church (MHIC) is a program initiative created by Lakita Long, and serves as an opportunity to bring powerful Conferences, Wellness Expos, Symposiums, Workshops, Seminars, and Trainings about how to properly deal with mental health challenges that affect everyday life for those who are not readily exposed to or have access to resources. Our goal is to continue to bring Mental Health Awareness, including Mental Health Wellness and Wellbeing across the United States, as well as Internationally. Our desire is to assist schools, communities, and churches to not only become more aware of the various Mental Health Challenges the individuals in those settings face, but also to assist and support family members and friends of those who suffer from mental health illnesses and addictions. 

WHO

WE ARE

 

For over more than a decade, we have presented and facilitated trainings in a variety of settings including School Districts, Colleges and Universities, Non-Profit Organizations, Churches, Governmental Agencies, as well as Community agencies across the Bay Area. To help continue our mission we decided to create a comprehensive plan that would continue to support Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health Wellness and Well Being. In April 2018, we organized a conference with 70 participants to ignite discussions and help facilitate desperately needed conversations about mental health and options regarding how to address these needs in all facets of one’s life. On June 30th 2018 we facilitated a Symposium specifically for Pastors and Leaders of Faith Based Organizations who spend so much time supporting and caring for others that they often deny themselves much needed self-care. As a result, many often suffer and cry in silence due to their own stress, turmoil, and mental health challenges and lack proper coping mechanisms. This symposium proved to be a MAJOR success as we now have 6 new Faith Based Organizations partnering with us to help spread this critical information.

 

 

OUR

MISSION

 

Our goal is to also help these individuals in all three settings learn how to support and empower themselves while experiencing a wide variety of everyday stressors that may impact their daily functioning, including, but not limited to, personal and work related stress, addiction, trauma (sexual, physical, and/or mental abuse/sexual harassment, community violence, domestic violence-to name a few), injuries, chronic illnesses, homelessness, death/grief/loss, divorce, mass shootings, natural disasters, and unemployment. Individuals may face these challenges on a day to day basis and some have learned to “live” under these circumstances out of necessity but do not necessarily thrive under these conditions. Many do not even know that there are resources and supports to help them manage, decrease, and at times eliminate the physical, psychological, social-emotional, behavioral, and/or spiritual turmoil that they are experiencing. We have seen such a significant spike in mental health illnesses/symptoms and addictions within Schools, Communities, and Faith Based Organizations at large, that we want to make sure that all three facets are on the cutting edge of receiving research-based information regarding symptoms, diagnoses, treatment options, as well as other resources available that will enable one to thrive and maintain an optimal level of physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness. 

 

WHAT

WE DO

For over more than a decade, we have presented and facilitated trainings in a variety of settings including School Districts, Colleges and Universities, Non-Profit Organizations, Churches, Governmental Agencies, as well as Community agencies across the Bay Area. To help continue our mission we decided to create a comprehensive plan that would continue to support Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health Wellness and Well Being. In April 2018, we organized a conference with 70 participants to ignite discussions and help facilitate desperately needed conversations about mental health and options regarding how to address these needs in all facets of one’s life. On June 30th 2018 we facilitated a Symposium specifically for Pastors and Leaders of Faith Based Organizations who spend so much time supporting and caring for others that they often deny themselves much needed self-care. As a result, many often suffer and cry in silence due to their own stress, turmoil, and mental health challenges and lack proper coping mechanisms. This symposium proved to be a MAJOR success as we now have 6 new Faith Based Organizations partnering with us to help spread this critical information.