Mental Health Programs
These programs are part of the Mental Health Ministry
Barbara is Assistant Director of the Life Reaching Across to Life Organization (Reaching Across) in Fremont, California.
A congregational program of workshops focused on welcoming and supporting people with mental disorders and their families.
Barbara gives webinars and seminars about mental health in the community. To arrange for her to give a webinar or workshop in your community, contact her at com_minister at mmpuc.org.
Barbara has been a leader in establishing the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry, which is a joint program of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the UU Disability organization EqUUal Access, that offers certification to congregations as being accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities.
Mental Health and Disability Advocacy
Barbara has done social justice advocacy for mental health issues and more broadly for disability issues.
The first two pictures are from the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans when there was a Responsive Resolution written by Rev. Theresa Inez Soto to change the name of the “Standing on the Side of Love” campaign to something that was less ableist. In the picture on the left, I am shown with my colleague the Rev. Suzanne Fast, in tears because I am so moved at this historic moment where ableism finally had found its voice, and was overwhelmingly supported by the delegates. In the picture on the right, the actual vote as it took place. The bottom is a picture of me giving testimony in Sacramento in 2011 at a Senate hearing on mental health.
A collection of half-hour TV programs that focusing on mental health issues
A blog focused on UU perspectives to mental health to promote understanding and justice.
A collection of brief videos telling personal stories of recovery from mental health problems by real people
Rev. Barbara Meyers and Karolyn Stenlund have created a project of listening to people who are marginalized.
Rev. Barbara Meyers is a certified spiritual director who companions people in their spiritual lives.
Rev. Barbara Meyers is a trained facilitator of eCPR, which is a public education program to teach people how to help others who are in emotional crisis. For a very moving example of eCPR in action, listen to this story of how an Australian mother and her son were helped by a person trained in eCPR.
Barbara volunteers at John George Psychiatric Pavilion as part of the Reach-Out organization.
This is a collection of sermons on the subject of mental health preached by Barbara and by other people.
Connections: A Counseling Center Affirming Spirituality and Diversity was a counseling center that Barbara helped to start and run. It was in business for nearly two years before closing its doors in September 2016.