Boarding Homes Ministry, and organization in Toronto, has put together a wonderful curriculum that helps people of all ages learn about and engage in issues surrounding mental illness. It’s affordable (only $100) and includes music, artwork, and everything else you need.
Cat Jeoffry, Church School Curriculum, to help introduce congregations to ways of engaging the mental health community. This package contains introductory material for teachers, twenty poster-size reproductions of art commissioned for the project and music selections. The curriculum has four studies for ten-year-olds (to cover one month), a more intense set of four studies for teenagers, and a set of six studies for adults. Through the art, music and carefully developed lesson outlines this curriculum should be very user-friendly for teachers.
These church school, small group lessons, deal in an age-appropriate way with illness, the consequences of having these illnesses, and, approaches the church can take to fight stereotypes and claim people in the mental health community as part of their life in Christ.
The poem by Christopher Smart and Jeoffry will be used to draw people of all ages into the matter of how people with mental illness are treated, and the poster-sized art can be used to invoke discussion about pastoral issues and the church’s role in shaping a just society.