Bridges to Care and Recovery

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BCR mobilizes churches in North St. Louis City and County to support the behavioral health treatment and recovery of both congregants and community members.

The program reduces the sigma of mental illness in the faith-based community through education and outreach.

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Church Engagement

Volunteers from congregations in North St. Louis City and County complete 20+ hours of training. Their churches are designated as “behavioral health friendly.” In 2022, BCR will have trained more than 100 churches!

Training

Topics for the core training include Mental Health First Aid, Companionship Ministry, Trauma Awareness, Resource Education, Opioid Use Disorders, Coping With Grief, and more. Topics are added as new community issues are identified. An advanced training track is available for experienced volunteers.

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Wellness Champions

More than 300 volunteers have completed the BCR training and have made a commitment to help reduce the stigma of mental illness in their congregations and beyond. They share resources and host educational and depression screening events.

BCR Hotline: Individuals in N St. Louis City and County with mental health or substance use concerns can call the BCR hotline 24/7.

A Community Connector will reach out to them within 48 hours to assess their needs and connect them to services, including up to 5 free counseling sessions.

Bridges Hotline: (314) 628-6272

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Impact Statement

Annual Report

For more information, please send an email to Rose Jackson-Beavers, Director of Bridges to Care & Recovery:

rbeavers@bhnstl.org

Thank you to our BCR partners.

BCR is funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the St. Louis Mental Health Board.