Mental Health Initiative

Mental Health Task Force Members

  • Chair: Len Eberhart, Retired Clergy
  • Co Vice-Chair: Lee Schott, Women at the Well UMC
  • Co Vice-Chair: Erica Shannon-Stueve
  • For a complete list of task force members, click here

About the Task Force

The Bishop’s Mental Health Task Force is a group of clergy and laity tasked with finding ways to fulfill the challenge set forth in the resolution on Mental Illness approved at Annual Conference 2017.  We are charged by Bishop Laurie to discern ways that UMC churches of Iowa can be in better ministry to those living with mental illness.

Our first efforts are focused on encouraging participation in Mental Health First Aid training for clergy and laity throughout the conference. Additional energy is being focused on gathering stories and finding meaningful ways to share those stories, as well as in identifying and developing partnerships with others engaged in this important work.

Stay up to date with what the task force is working on via our Facebook page.

Mental Health First Aid Training Event Registration
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance  abuse challenge. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness.

Please consider taking part in a Mental Health First Aid Training near you.  Trainings are open to anyone who is called to learn more about mental illness and substance use/abuse.  You may attend a training in a district other than your own. Each training is limited to 30 participants and clergy are eligible to receive .8 CE’s.

Contact Task Force member Kathi Mitchell with any questions about trainings. She can be reached at or by phone at 563-419-6795