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Penn Foundation discusses role of spirituality in mental health recovery


Penn Foundation in Sellersville hosted local clergy May 21, for a morning workshop focused on understanding the role that spirituality plays in mental health recovery.

Penn Foundation Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Services, the Rev. Carl Yusavitz, PhD, opened the morning by welcoming those in attendance and talking about the important role that churches can play in the lives of those living with mental illness.

Penn Foundation Nurse Nina Drinnan, CRNP, helped attendees better understand mental illness as a brain disease while Chad Wisler, wrap around mobile therapist, discussed the benefits of using natural supports to help individuals who are struggling and shared some of the resources that are available for individuals and families.

Penn Foundation REACH client Ryan Stever shared his story and the important role that his faith and church play in his recovery.

Attendees also had the opportunity to share real-life scenarios that they have encountered within their congregations and to seek feedback and guidance from Yusavitz, Drinnan and Wisler, as well as their pastoral colleagues.

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