Donna Scott, ThD
In January of 2004 Evangelist Scott founded US,Inc (Unmasking Suicide). This Non Profit organization was inspired after losing her baby brother to suicide in November of 2003. Her ministry is to those who have suffered a similar lost. In addition to her efforts to support families, her love for the church ignited her passion to inform and equip Pastors, Teachers and Leaders in the church as to the signs and progression of mental “wellness”. She is QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) certified and a member of the QPR Institute. She has successfully completed ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), AFSP (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention) Survivor Facilitator Training and she sits on the the Board of Directors for NOPCAS (National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide). She is a recurring guest instructor in the Social Services Department at Florissant Valley Community College. She works with St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as a member of HMCA (Homicide Ministry and Community Alliance) to help bring support to families who have lost loved ones as victims of homicide. And lastly, Donna is an active founding member of UAN (Universal Advocates’ Network), a grassroots collaboration of local not-for-profit organizations working to holistically address the challenges in our community that exacerbates individuals battling mental illness.
DEMONIZATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS OVERVIEW
In this seminar, Demonization of Mental Illness, the facilitator will discuss the stigmas associated with mental illness in the religious community. With a new and refreshing look at the topic of mental illness versus demonic possession. The material will address the distinctions between the two conditions and the need to know the difference. The facilitator will provide welcomed insight into the myriad of challenges with which victims, health care providers, the religious community and faith-based organizations, and other entities are faced with in addressing the issues of properly dealing with this poignant topic.
The seminar attendees will come away with:
- • A healthy look at how the alignment of mental illness to all “illnesses” will help to elevate the devastation of stigmatization
- • Practical applications and relevant information from a faith based perspective highlighting the criticality of the role of the religious community.
- • Enlightenment on the inter-related manifestation of psychotic episodes and negative spiritual encounters.
- • Discuss the power of religious communities becoming “places of wellness” for all parishioners, including those battling with a mental health diagnosis.