MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Colorado Community Church is aware that in this current, challenging season, some people’s mental health challenges are exacerbated while others are experiencing new anxieties, sadness and fear.
We are therefore offering the following resources to help you navigate this time while protecting and strengthening your mental health.
VIRTUAL CAVE SUPPORT GROUP
CAVE offers those struggling the opportunity to share in the challenges and victories of the mental health journey. Recognize and access your identity in Christ while learning practical tools to manage your mental health. CAVE also helps family members/caregivers of those with mental health issues learn to support their loved one in a healthy way.
For the foreseeable future, CAVE will be meeting via video conference every Thursday night from 6:30-8pm and the facilitators will reach out to you to let you know how to connect to the video conference.
My Quiet Cave CAVE Groups & Overcome Classes
My Quiet Cave Ministry (MQC) partners with Colorado Community Church to provide training and curriculum for its programs. In response to the higher need for virtual programs during this challenging season, MQC is hosting virtual CAVE Support Groups and an online version of the Overcome class (a 9-week intensive class on experiencing God in the midst of your mental health challenges).
For more info and to register for a program
Colorado Crisis Line
CCL provides free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance abuse or emotional concern. You can call or text with a trained professional 24/7/365. If you are not in a mental health crisis but would still like to talk to someone, feel free to ask for the “warm” line.
Text TALK to 38255
Daily Tips to stay mentally healthy
1) Keep your focus on Jesus and the HOPE we have in HIM
2) Use technology to stay in touch with others
3) Get into the fresh air and sunshine a couple of times a day – go for a walk or sit outside for 15 minutes a few times a day
4) Read the word of God and pray for others
5) Maintain a consistent bedtime
6) Take your medications and supplements
7) Drink plenty of water
8) Shower, brush your teeth and comb your hair
9) Practice deep breathing multiple times a day and scan your body to help relax
10) Reach out and talk to someone every day
11) Eat healthy food
12) Try to do something you enjoy or use to enjoy every week (now might be the time to take up an old hobby)
13) Consider taking a break from or limiting media consumption to 1x/day if you sense too much information is causing you anxiety and fear
Playlist of songs to calm your soul
Recent sermon series on the Serenity Prayer
CCC Ongoing Mental Health Ministry Programs
Check out the tabs on this page to learn about the regular classes and groups we offer and will resume when we are able to meet again in person, as well as information on connecting with a pastor for spiritual counseling.
Just like with our physical health, we ALL have mental health that needs to be nourished and cared for. Some of us have mental illnesses, but those are illnesses, just like heart conditions or diabetes. As with these other diseases, they are a result of a fallen world, need lifelong management and never go away.
In either case, the church is made for community and should be a safe place to struggle. At Colorado Community Church, our mission is walk with you in your struggle – through the challenges and victories – and help you embrace your innate value and identity in Christ.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF MORE IMMEDIATE SUPPORT AND/OR ARE EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY, please see the resources below:
Suicide/Depression Hotline • 303-860-1200
Youth Support Line • 303-894-9000
National Alliance on Mental Illness (Aurora branch)
SUPPORT FOR TEENS
Teen CAVE Group
Every 2nd & 4th Monday • 7:00-8:00pm
Youth Rec Room (14000 E. Jewell Location)
Are you 14-18 years old and struggling with your thoughts and feelings? If you can relate to terms like depression, anxiety, ADHD, post-traumatic stress, we’d love to have you join our group! We will explore self-care tools, building understanding community and finding your identity in Jesus. Register in advance below or just show up!
SUPPORT FOR ADULTS & CAREGIVERS
CAVE Support Group
WHEN: 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings – 6:30-8:00pm • East Adult Classroom
A bi-monthly support group designed to help those living with mental disorders recognize and access their identity in Christ and to help caregivers and families of those with mental health issues support their loved one in a healthy way. It is helpful but not required for participants to have taken the “Overcome – Finding God in Mental Illness” class prior to attending the support group. This group is for adults ages 18+.
Overcome: Finding God in Mental Disorders
A 9-week class designed to help those living with mental health issues recognize and access their identity in Christ and to help caregivers and families support their loved one in a healthy way. Class will run from Tuesday, 2/11/20-4/7/20 from 7-8:30pm in the 1st Grade Classroom. Class is limited to 15 participants. Scholarships available. Class will be offered again September – November.
Fierce Love Collective Class for Moms
An 8-week class developed in collaboration with MOPS International and designed for any mom who has experienced emotions, thoughts or moods that feel too big for your heart to handle. This could be anything from baby blues to postpartum depression, anxiety, scary thoughts, bipolar or panic disorder, and everything in between. Join other moms as you work through a specially-designed curriculum utilizing a unique mix of practical tools and soul care. This class will allow you a safe space to share the joys and challenges of experiencing the fierce love only a mother can. 2 dates/times to choose from – attend once each week it is offered. $5 for digital/$20 for hard copy participant workbook that attendees buy themselves directly from MOPS website. Registration required. Free childcare offered for kids birth – 5 years old – use registration form to reserve childcare.
WHEN: Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm: 1/21, 2/11, 2/25, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5 & Thursdays from 10-11:30am: 1/23, 2/13, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7
WHERE: 18-24 months room
VETS - 1ST RESPONDERS
Veterans/Active Military “Tribe” Class
Join other vets/active military for connection and community each week. A safe place to experience God in the midst of your memories, struggles and victories.
Contact Beth Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-783-3838 with questions.
Are you a vet or active military looking to understand your mental health challenges in the context of God’s truth? Do you want to connect with others who have shared your experiences and struggles? The come join “Tribe”, an 8-week class designed just for you! Tribe is facilitated by vets trained in the curriculum who have also struggled with mental disorders in response to their service experiences. Find God’s truth, community and hope together with others who know what you’ve been through. Class limited to 15 participants. $10 fee for curriculum materials. Online pre-registration required. Scholarships available.
WHEN: Monday, 2/10 – 3/30, 7 – 8:30pm
WHERE: East Adult Classroom
PASTORAL SPIRITUAL COUNSELING
Colorado Community Church offers counseling from our pastors if the struggle is one that is spiritual in nature and involves offering support for mental disorders as they intersect with a person’s walk of faith. Call Colorado Community Church at 303-783-3838 ( or say “Call” and link this number) and ask for the Pastor of the Day to explore this option.
Colorado Community Church also partners with several different Christian counselors/organizations outside the church that offer ongoing counseling in different areas of expertise.
SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS
Caregivers, family members and friends of those struggling with mental disorders, or “supporters” as My Quiet Cave calls them, have unique needs as they work to support their loved one. The Overcome class and CAVE support group are designed to also serve supporters in order to help them better understand their loved one’s struggle and establish healthy boundaries for themselves.
CR H.O.P.E. GROUP
No one should walk through a mental health crisis alone. We all need a support system. Join us weekly on Friday nights for the H.O.P.E. CR Recovery group. This group will provide practical tools to help you build a supportive network of hope & is especially good for those struggling with multiple issues (i.e., mental illness & addictive behaviors). Go to the Celebrate Recovery webpage here for more info.
Are you a counselor, therapist or social worker looking to combine your faith with your clinical experience? Consider joining CCC’s thriving Mental Health Ministry! Through curriculum & training provided by My Quiet Cave Ministries, you can join our team by co-facilitating a 9-week Overcome class or an ongoing CAVE Support Group. Please complete the Volunteer Application below to get started!