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The mission of the One Lamb initiative is to nurture and embrace mental wellness in a faithful community of connection and support.

ONE LAMB INITIATIVE

In the bible, the story of Job, the righteous sufferer speaks of his face red with weeping and darkness on his eyelids (Job 16:16). Darkness is a metaphor for pain, hate, suffering sometimes both for ourselves and for others.

What is the opposite of darkness? Psalm 18 says “when I sit in the darkness, the Lord will be a light to me”. “I lack nothing because the Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1). And that same shepherd will leave his 99 sheep and go after that one lamb that has gone astray. (Luke 15:4).

One Lamb strives to be a light to share with the hurting, broken world. Our desire is to love our neighbor, find deeper connections with one another, support, aid and educate around the subject of mental wellness.  Resources provided by One Lamb Initiative include:

  • Insights from an expert in the field explaining the signs and symptoms of a mental wellness issue
  • Inspirational personal narratives from persons who have successfully addressed a mental wellness issue
  • Interviews of persons who have battled a mental wellness issue
  • Devotional material, prayer, and guided meditation using scripture and other inspirational texts addressing a mental wellness topic
  • Practices that help boost mental wellness

To learn how and why we started, click here.

FEATURES

PBS podcast: On Our Minds
    Teen Mental Health Podcast from PBS: On Our Minds
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    Friendship Matters by Karen Riddell – Book Review
      In these unsettling COVID times when many of us feel lonely and isolated, Karen Riddell’s book Friendship Matters is poignant and timely. It is a well researched and fun book to read. (Book review by Lauren Monroe)
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      YouTube “My Ascension”
        A suicide attempt left her paralyzed but faith, hard work and #teamEmma are helping her rise again. This is just a little introduction to Emma Benoit and our upcoming documentary #MyAscension, which will feature her inspiring journey and much more.
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        The Burns Anxiety Inventory
          Click below to take "The Burns Anxiety Inventory". The following is a list of symptoms that people sometimes have. Put a check in the space to the right that best describes how munch that symptom or problem has bothered you during this past week.
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          Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled
            Forever, hula hooping and worry will be linked in my mind. The genesis of both happened on the same day, born within minutes of each other…. TWINS. I was maybe eight or nine years old.
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            President Biden’s Statement
              Mental health is essential to our overall health, and the importance of attending to mental health has become even more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has not only negatively impacted many people's mental health but has also created barriers to treatment.
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              Unwinding Anxiety
                The title of this book caught my attention, realizing that we are living through one of the most anxious periods of our time. Dr. Brewer’s title, UNWINDING ANIXIETY, is a visual image of unwinding habits which trigger anxiety attacks. The book is divided into the following four parts, beginning with Part 0.
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                The Boy Between – Book Review
                  This book published in 2020 is a memoir by both mother and son about the son’s (and family’s) journey through depression. The dedication of the book reads “My dedication is for all those who are living with depression. For all those who are thinking about or who have thought that suicide might be the best option. I am proof that there is a life to be lived after depression and a life to be lived with depression – though it might not always feel like it. Don’t give up. – Josh”
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                  The 6 Health Benefits of Volunteering
                    Volunteers make an immeasurable difference in the lives of others. Oftentimes, they perform with the core intention of helping others. But did you know that volunteering can benefit your own health as well? Researchers have attempted to measure the benefits that volunteers receive including positive feeling referred to as helper’s high, increased trust in others and increased social interaction.
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                    Don’t Worry Be Happy: The Age of Anxiety
                      If you read the first line of this title and felt like throwing a tomato at me, chances are you may be struggling along with 40 million Americans with some form of anxiety. Anxiety is a complex issue, parading itself in many lives along a continuum from simple to severe. “In normal amounts, anxiety is healthy, adaptive, crucial for survival and often leads to greater productivity and enhanced performance. When daily anxiety is excessively high, however it can interfere with functioning.” Elke-Auercher-White, PhD.
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                      Our Wounds Are Our Windows
                        Each of us is gifted with our own woundedness. We are also gifted with inner windows of perception through which we can peer, in order to discover healing and transformation. By Martha Tate, LCSW
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                        When the World Is No Longer Normal
                          A video presentation by Mark E. Crawford, Ph.D.
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                          In order to normalize and destigmatize mental health concerns, the One Lamb Initiative hopes to make mental wellness an ongoing conversation.  One Lamb will delve deeply into various topics regarding mental health and provide educational resources, inspirational stories, spiritual guidance, and small group lessons.  In doing so, we hope to nurture mental wellness through a community of connection, support, and spiritual growth.

                          To learn more about us, click here.