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Transform Ideas Rochester

November 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Back by popular demand, Transform Ideas: Awakening the Church to Mental Health is coming to Rochester!

Awakening the Church to Mental Health

A Faith Filled Response to Mental Illness and Recovery


This Transform Ideas forum will address the calling of the Church to care for people and their families who are struggling with common mental health concerns.

We will explore the physiological and spiritual aspects of mental and emotional health.  Experts will discuss the role of medical intervention alongside prayer and scripture, and ways to diminish the stigma associated with mental illness.

Come hear courageous personal stories of lives deeply affected by mental illness, and learn how the Church can best offer hope and support to someone with mental health issues.

This is event is free for the public; registration is required.


Dr. Jarrett Richardson  |  Consultant for Dept. Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic

Dr Richardson is a Consultant in the department of Psychiatry and Psychology and also has an appointment in the Dept. of medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical care. On January 26, 2019 he will have been a Consultant at Mayo Clinic for 40 years.

His practice includes sleep disorders medicine,  hospice and palliative care, and medical and geriatric psychiatry. He is a past Vice Chair of Department of Psychiatry, Medical Director for Psychiatric Inpatient Services, the Division of Outpatient Consultation and past Training Director for the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship.


Andrea Thomas  |  Counselor, Peaks of Hope Counseling

Andrea owns a mental health therapy practice in which she serves individuals and families in a kind-collaborative atmosphere. Andrea is continuing her professional development in seeking her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership in Behavioral Health. Her dissertation research is focused on qualitatively analyzing factors leading to adolescent truancy behavior.

Andrea has spent years researching adolescent suicide behavior and the prevention of suicide. Through her research, Andrea developed a suicide prevention program aimed at high school students. She has presented this program to thousands of students in southeast Minnesota. Andrea’s passion to educate the community regarding mental health concerns and suicide prevention continues to drive her professional career.


Faye Wendland  |  Retired Mayo RN, Health and Wellness Coach, Compassion Counseling Center

Faye Wendland, Registered Nurse, BSN, NBC-HWC [National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach], recently retired after a 42-year career at the Mayo Clinic. Since a young age, Faye’s life was deeply affected by mental illness in her immediate family, extended family and many close friends. Throughout her nursing career as well as in the community and church, she has passionately worked on behalf of those impacted by mental illness.

Faye has volunteered extensively with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) being named The Minnesota Volunteer of the Year in 2013. She is the founder of Journey of Hope, a faith-based support group for individuals with a loved living with mental illness. She serves actively on the Leadership Board of the Compassion Counseling Center (free faith-based lay counseling center), being one of the original-founding members. This past year, she initiated Rejoice and Resilience – a faith-based support group for individuals impacted by mental illness. She lives in Byron, MN and is married to her husband of 40 years, Curt. They both are thrilled with two married daughters and two amazing granddaughters!







November 29, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Rochester Covenant Church
4950 31st Ave NW
Rochester, 55901 United States


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