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NFMHC: The Intersection of Faith Communities and Mental Health

Thursday, March 30th, 2023
10:00AM – 11:30AM
Alpharetta First United Methodist Church
69 N Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Many people with mental health conditions, including suicide risk, often turn first to their faith community for help. How do we address these issues and minister to those in need? Join us this month for a diverse panel discussion on how we can build communities of faith that are welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and engaged.


David Smith, MDiv, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
Executive Director
Summit Counseling Center


Imam Arshad Anwar, MEd
Director of Religious Affairs & Community Development
Masjid Jafar (Al-Rahmah Islamic Center)

Sung Woo “Tom” Kim, MS, LAPC
Staff Associate Therapist
Summit Counseling Center

Elder Reuben K. Lawrence, MAMFT, CMHC, CAM-I, PSAP
Director of Counseling
Eagles Nest Church

Lavanya Mangalore, MS, MA
MA in Clinical Mental Health (In Process)
Richmont Graduate University

Jessica Sacks
Community Outreach Coordinator
Horwitz-Zusman Child & Family Center
Jewish Foundation & Career Services

Stephen Walters, MDiv, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
Summit Counseling Center


If you are unable to make it to our in-person meeting, feel free to view our live stream via our Facebook page!

Join us following the meeting for a free Soul Shop: Faith-Based Suicide Prevention training!

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