Not Alone

Not Alone The Not Alone Conference aims to break down the stigma of mental health within the church and community. For too many years, too many people in our communities have been living under the veil of secrecy and shame due to their struggles- especially those inside our churches.

Following Bridgett Marshall's su***de, Lifepoint Church, HopeSprings Counseling and various other organizations from Marshall & Madison counties felt led to do something tangible to address this issue in hopes of reaching those who may feel alone in their pain- maybe even unsupported or misunderstood by the church and community. We want to provide the church and community with tools and resources

Following Bridgett Marshall's su***de, Lifepoint Church, HopeSprings Counseling and various other organizations from Marshall & Madison counties felt led to do something tangible to address this issue in hopes of reaching those who may feel alone in their pain- maybe even unsupported or misunderstood by the church and community. We want to provide the church and community with tools and resources

Operating as usual

Caleb Thesignguy Snell is a shining example of how sharing your story is incredibly powerful and healing.  Join the #You...
09/17/2019
WAAY-TV

Caleb Thesignguy Snell is a shining example of how sharing your story is incredibly powerful and healing. Join the #YouAreLoved movement and let someone today know, "You Are #NOTALONE". 💚

Have you seen him?

Say this with me, Church:“We won’t give you some cliche —  but something to cling to — and that will mean our hands.We w...
09/13/2019
The Christian Church, Su***de & Mental Health: When It's Down to the Wire & Things Are on Fire - Ann Voskamp

Say this with me, Church:

“We won’t give you some cliche — but something to cling to — and that will mean our hands.

We won’t give you some platitudes — but some place for your pain — and that will mean our time.

We won’t give you some excuses — but we’ll be some example — and that will mean bending down and washing your wounds.

Wounds that we don’t understand, wounds that keep festering, that don’t heal, that down right stink — wounds that can never make us turn away." - Ann Voskamp

https://annvoskamp.com/2019/09/the-christian-church-su***de-mental-health-when-its-down-to-the-wire-things-are-on-fire/?fbclid=IwAR0r80hW9MwDr-89Fi1KYpyoXdzHFv1ciXq4-pJ-3ZALdvrkbqTVKzVcH1c

#NotAlone #su***deawareness #su***deprevention #BreakTheStigma

So, turns out, depression is like a room engulfed in flames and you can't breathe for the sooty smoke smothering you limp. Ask me how I know. And su***de is deciding there is no way but to jump straight out of the burning building. Because the unseen scorch on the inside of you finally sea

Nobody is immune. #NotAlone #BreakTheStigma #MentalHealthhttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/su***des-two-mental-health...
09/12/2019
American Association of Christian Counselors

Nobody is immune.

#NotAlone #BreakTheStigma #MentalHealth

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/su***des-two-mental-health-advocates-week-serve-grim-reminder-n1052461

"I think many times, pastors feel guilty to take care of their own needs," he said. "It's an occupational hazard. By nature, that profession is very, very lonely, very isolated." - Dr. Jared Pingleton, AACC Director of Mental Healthcare & Ministry.

via NBC News & Elizabeth Chuck, NBCNews.com reporter

We love you and your heart, Caleb! Thank you for sharing truth, hope, and love! 💚https://www.enewscourier.com/news/state...
08/17/2019
'YOU ARE LOVED': 'The sign guy' shares a message

We love you and your heart, Caleb! Thank you for sharing truth, hope, and love! 💚

https://www.enewscourier.com/news/state_and_nation/you-are-loved-the-sign-guy-shares-a-message/article_144b29e4-c078-11e9-b317-3bb562308edf.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

#youareloved #youarelovedmovement #hope #love #yourlifematters #su***deprevention #su***deawareness #notalone

Glance at Caleb Snell on the street and you could draw a lot of conclusions.

🗣 WE NEED YOUR HELP!! 🗣The Not Alone Conference is in need of a venue for 2020!  This is the perfect opportunity for our...
07/22/2019

🗣 WE NEED YOUR HELP!! 🗣
The Not Alone Conference is in need of a venue for 2020! This is the perfect opportunity for our churches and communities to come together and fight these oppressive stigmas!

💚 2020’s Conference will be a Call To Action! Not Alone seeks to become a movement- a message that we are taking into our churches and communities on a DAILY basis by tailoring our programs and ministries to include mental health issues. 💚

Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave and Jeremiah Johnston are on standby and we are actively seeking others! BUT we cannot move forward in planning without funding and a venue, so please prayerfully consider how you can help!

👉 Location: Huntsville (preferably South/Mid Hsv as we will only have one site *Whitesburg Baptist & The Rock Family Worship Center are unable to host*)
👉 Date: *Tentatively Feb 28-29, 2020
👉 Capacity: 800-1000 people with separate classrooms of varying sizes for breakout sessions
👉 Cost: Donated venue preferred due to limited funding
👉 Investment: Request that host provide a team on the ground for collaboration with main planning team in assisting with volunteer coordination, site prep, etc.
👉 Funding: If you or your church/business/organization would like to help support the Not Alone Conference for 2020, sponsorship packages will be available. Contact HopeSprings Counseling for more information (256-725-3722 [email protected]).

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#notalone #mentalhealth #su***deprevention

06/28/2019
al.com

A heart-wrenching reminder of the impact mental health and su***de have on families and communities... Bridgette’s is just one of the many lives for which this conference was created. 💚

Planning is underway for 2020’s event. We pray you’ll consider how you can support it and help to shine a light on these issues that are too often stigmatized and left in the dark.

It is our hope that Not Alone will cease to be just a yearly event, but rather will become a culture in our communities and churches. Please join us in this important movement by having real conversations about mental health, bringing resources into your congregations, and supporting ministries/organizations that provide quality mental health care.

#NotAlone #MentalHealth #Su***dePrevention #BreakTheStigma

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall discusses circumstances surrounding his wife’s death on Sunday. Police have ruled it a su***de.

"We’ve stigmatized mental health for far too long. But the truth is, your brain is just another organ. It’s not a sin to...
06/01/2019
American Association of Christian Counselors

"We’ve stigmatized mental health for far too long. But the truth is, your brain is just another organ. It’s not a sin to be sick. Your character isn’t defined by your chemistry. Your identity is not your illness." - Pastor Rick Warren

#BreakTheStigma #MentalWellness

"Many people believe they have to hide their mental illnesses from their church families, who should be loving and accepting of them. That just makes the problem worse. It leads to despair." - Pastor Rick Warren via Church Leaders

It is Mental Health Awareness Month and we are so grateful that Connect Church recognizes the need to shine a light on t...
05/15/2019

It is Mental Health Awareness Month and we are so grateful that Connect Church recognizes the need to shine a light on this important topic.

Join Lindsay Taylor of HopeSprings Counseling tonight at 8pm for a LIVE Connect Chat discussion on mental health and the church, breaking down stigmas, and how churches can offer the hope-filled message that you are NOT ALONE.

(We will share a link in the comments of this post when the live feed begins. You can also go to https://www.facebook.com/goconnectchurch/ and find the live video there at 8pm CST).

#NotAlone #MentalHealthAwareness #BreakTheStigma #Hope

"The church must be the safest place on earth, where we can bring our broken selves, our depressed selves, our addicted ...
05/09/2019

"The church must be the safest place on earth, where we can bring our broken selves, our depressed selves, our addicted selves, our anxious selves – all of who we are and who we are not – and find not only a welcome embrace but also fellow strugglers who will journey with us no matter how long it takes." -Larry Crabb

#NotAlone #Anxiety #Depression #Pastors

My cousin’s trembling voice uttered the unthinkable. “Kay, I need to let you know that Wayne took his life this morning.” My knees collapsed under me. “No! How can this be? What happened? Why? What was wrong with him?”

My mouth formed tumbling questions despite my mind being frozen in disbelief and grief.

Through his tears, my cousin told me his brother-in-law had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for some time. His family thought Wayne was truly improving after he agreed to see a therapist.

On the morning of his death, Wayne said goodbye to his wife, Lynn, as she left for work. But Lynn felt uneasy and came home at lunch to check on him, only to find the worst had happened.

On the kitchen counter was a note he wrote apologizing for hurting his family, telling them he loved them and explaining that he just couldn’t go on. Wayne made the sure the dog was safe in his kennel before he ended his life.

Raised on the plains of West Texas, Wayne Oglesby was a preacher’s kid who followed in his father’s footsteps. He met my cousin, Lynn, in college and they made a fine team — vivacious, warm, football-fanatic, Jesus-loving folks who pastored small churches for decades.

Wayne is not the only pastor or faith leader to experience mental illness, addiction, financial difficulty and thoughts of su***de. Sometimes the media blares the news of a pastor who dies by su***de, but often, they die quietly, unnoticed by many outside of their church and local community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every completed su***de in the general population, there are 25 attempts, and thousands more who think seriously about ending their lives. Pastors are not exempt from these statistics.

Wayne devoted countless hours to the duties of a pastor — preaching, teaching, marrying, burying, visiting the sick, showing up in the wee hours of the night for those in need. But over time, his life slowly began to change. Sometimes pastors and congregations don’t mesh well, even when there’s nothing really wrong, and Wayne and Lynn were asked to resign from a church they were serving. For the first time in his adult life, Wayne was no longer a pastor. Still in his late 50s with many years ahead of him, he was rudderless. He had never been great with money management, and he began to overspend, taking on more debt than they could handle. He started drinking too much. He found employment as a chaplain for a funeral home, but it just wasn’t the same as being a pastor.

Depression set in, and he fought hard against the way it sapped his energy and sense of well-being. He often expressed disappointment and confusion on the way his life turned out. The guilt he felt for overdrinking and for putting his family’s financial future at stake ate away at his peace of mind.

Wayne didn’t really want to die. He was trapped inside himself, seeking a permanent way out. But on March, 4, 2010, this kind, loving, dedicated pastor with a West Texas twang concluded that his wife and family would be better off without him. He convinced himself that they would have a better life without his emotional breakdowns, without the stress of his financial mistakes and without the burden of his pain.

He was wrong. His wife, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors and former church members are not better off without him. The crushing, soul-shattering grief of his su***de changed them forever.

You are a person before you are a minister. An ordinary man or woman who is vulnerable to the same illnesses, life circumstances and woes as everyone else. Yet you have the added stress of living in glass house, always under the watchful eyes of church members. Sometimes both faith leaders and the congregation forget that pastors are merely human and expect superhuman feats of endurance, wisdom and knowledge. The unrealistic expectation that pastors and their families walk on water can only lead to deep disappointment and disillusionment, which can be lethal.

Some of you, like Wayne, have faithfully ministered and you’re abiding as closely with Jesus as you know how; you’ve done everything you can think to feel better, but you don’t. It’s entirely possible that you’re experiencing depression. If so, you’re not alone. Please don’t feel even one second of shame or embarrassment. Biblical figures, early church fathers and mothers, respected theologians, and famous pastors and church leaders throughout the centuries – as well as many of the readers of this article – have lived or are living with bouts of depression. It’s not a sin to be depressed. You’re not weak or flawed, and you don’t have a character defect. You’re not a spiritual baby. Depression is an illness; it’s real, it’s common, and it’s treatable. It’s vital that you understand that untreated depression can be lethal. Make an appointment to see your primary care physician as soon as possible and talk to her about your symptoms. She may run some lab tests to check a variety of conditions that could be affecting your mood, and she may recommend you see a psychiatrist for a more thorough evaluation. She may suggest you take a medication to help manage the bleak darkness that depression can bring. No matter what, don’t be afraid to have a conversation with your doctor and don’t wait!

We’re whole beings – body, mind, and soul – so attack depression on every level possible. Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and relationally. Most of all, don’t suffer in silence; don’t hide your pain from your brothers and sisters in Christ. You’re a part of the body of Christ, and when one member hurts, we all hurt. As Larry Crabb insists, the church must be the safest place on earth, where we can bring our broken selves, our depressed selves, our addicted selves, our anxious selves – all of who we are and who we are not – and find not only a welcome embrace but also fellow strugglers who will journey with us no matter how long it takes.

If you, or someone you know is in distress or crisis, call 800-273-8255. The National Su***de Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

https://pastors.com/who-pastors-the-pastor/

05/08/2019
Lauren Daigle

Thank you, Lauren Daigle

#YouAreLoved
#BreakTheStigma
#MentalHealthAwareness
#NotAlone

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of su***de, reach out. Know that you are NOT alone and call the National Su***de Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)' to be connected with a trained, caring counselor.

#BeThe1To @vibrantforall #lovedstrongheldyours

04/24/2019
Not Alone

Sharing again for #NationalInfertilityAwareness week. You are #NotAlone 💚

Chances are, you or someone you love has struggled with infertility. It's not a topic that you often hear discussed frequently and openly, however.

We want to thank Orange Beard Films for helping shine a light on this issue that often leaves both men and women feeling alone and hopeless. It is our hope that this video will help others better understand how they can help someone who is walking this path.

A huge thank you to those who bravely and vulnerably shared their stories.

#NotAlone #Infertility

04/02/2019
The Silent Struggle

Chances are, you or someone you love has struggled with infertility. It's not a topic that you often hear discussed frequently and openly, however.

We want to thank Orange Beard Films for helping shine a light on this issue that often leaves both men and women feeling alone and hopeless. It is our hope that this video will help others better understand how they can help someone who is walking this path.

A huge thank you to those who bravely and vulnerably shared their stories.

#NotAlone #Infertility

We are so grateful for the amazing photographers who shared their time and talent with us! We'll be posting their photos...
03/15/2019
Not Alone Conference 2019

We are so grateful for the amazing photographers who shared their time and talent with us! We'll be posting their photos here over the next few days! Be sure to check out their work and follow their business pages!

First up is Zulu Fox Photo!
https://www.zulufoxphoto.com/not-alone-conference-2019/

#NotAlone

I was able to have the opportunity to shoot pictures at the Not Alone Conference at Willowbrook Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL over the weekend of Feb 22-23rd. It featured live music, several spe…

03/01/2019
Brandi's Story

We want to say thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and attendees for making last week what it was! We especially want to thank Creative Britt for using his talents to show the stories of people in our community. We love you all and can't wait for what's next!

02/22/2019

The Not Alone Conference is tonight! Doors open at 6pm and will kick off at 7pm.

Throughout our conference we will be sharing different stories of people and their history of mental illness. This is a short sample of what will be shown this weekend.

Tickets will now be sold at the doors, but due to the size of our breakouts, we may fill up quickly! Be sure to register now! www.notaloneconference.com

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The Not Alone Conference aims to break down the stigma of mental health within the community and church, to equip the community and church to better identify and minister to those who may feel alone, and to connect people to resources within their community.

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Having a spouse that has bipolar disorder and how can I serve as an ambassador for aware and be an activist for mental health
Andrew Peterson was incredible!! Thank you! I snuck a short vid. Just enjoyed every moment. #notalone2019
How much are tickets?
My hope & prayer is that we destroy stigmas—and recognize Mental HEALTH as part of every individual’s TOTAL HEALTH.We must stop dividing physical health and mental health—it is HEALTH! SO MANY of our addiction issues are individuals self-medicating to escape ‘mental health’ demons. Our acquaintances, neighbors, loved ones battle chemical imbalances and anomalies that trigger REAL life-threatening events....recognize triggers, symptoms and get help!Speak & act without judgement or ill-placed anger—the patient is far more frustrated! As a society, we need people and funding to support, treat, effectively manage those battling something completely out of their control—this is no more a patient ‘choice’ than epilepsy, cancer, or lupus. We have a critical shortage of effective professionals willing to treat...mental health doesn’t garner adequate time in medical school either. We have even fewer effective treatments available which patients can tolerate. This is a vicious circle and cycle we’ve got to address. The mental health system was scrapped in the early 80s; all the predictions from providers at that time have become reality. Our streets and jails are overflowing with people who can’t hold down a job or adequate housing due to mental health instability.Law enforcement is overwhelmed..they aren’t trained or funded to manage this population. Addiction to alcohol or chemical dependence is everywhere. We see mainstream families losing loved ones ‘out of the blue’—when in fact, their reality finally exploded into the community’s awareness. I applaud this group’s aim; take up this cause with fervor and fevered perseverance!
Where can i purchase 2 tickets&how much r they? ?ty sooooo much!!❤❤❤❤❤
Is there any possibility that Social Work CEUs will be offered?
Looking forward to this Conference and hoping I will be able to come.
Lifting this movement up in prayer in JESUS NAME🎶‼️✝️💟✝️‼️🎶
Programs like this or needed more today than ever. Every day we lose some of our veterans to su***de. Programs like this need to be nationwide.