Nashville, TN (May 3, 2011) - Choice Family Healthcare is launching a Health Conversation series and the first one is focused on Mental Illness and the Church. It will be held on Thursday, May 26 in the Magnolia Room of Skyline Madison Campus, 500 Hospital Drive, Madison, TN 37115.

Mental Illness and the Church will be an educational conversation with speakers and a panel of mental health professionals and clergy who will share information and lead a Q&A session for audience participation. The event will be held from 11am-1: 30pm. Lunch will be served and resource material will be available from area service providers. Dr. Hilda Davis Carroll, a licensed psychologist with the Pastoral Counseling Centers of Middle Tennessee and Joypath Unlimited, and Dr. Christopher Dull, a Psychiatrist with Skyline Madison Campus will be the lead speakers. The Q&A session will follow with panelists Bishop Horace Hockett of Born Again Church; Rev. Sondrea Tolbert, Nashville Director of the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry; Rev. Terry Terrell, COO of First Response Center; Dr. Norman Jones, Goodlettsville Psychologist & Associates; Dr. Rahn Bailey, Chairman of Psychiatry of Lloyd Elam Mental Health Center at Meharry; and Rev. Vetrel Smith of Jones Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will serve as moderator.

This event is an opportunity for clergy, ministry leaders and lay leaders to look at the many unspoken problems and social dynamics that affect families and our community and will offer appropriate screening methods for referring those who are emotionally hurting.  Some of the growing illnesses to be addressed are post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the increasing suicide rate, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.

“We want to begin this series with an issue that has not received the attention it needs  that  is  timely and relevant as families face job loss, care giving to chronically ill loved ones, military family members engaged in combat, death of a loved one, victims as well as families of the incarcerated. We believe the church is a center for hope for many of our citizens and can offer greater resources to the hurting when they partner with mental health professionals,” said Physician Assistant Karynthia Phillips of Choice Family Healthcare.  She went on to say, “The church can help families move past the social stigma of mental illnesses and access appropriate care.” This event is specifically targeted to pastors, ministers and church leaders, but families, and friends of people with mental illnesses or engaged in a life crisis are also welcome.

Registration is $25.00 and includes lunch. Early registration is encouraged due to limited seating. Individual and group registration is available and can be purchased via A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to Women of Wellness and GAP, programs that provide women and their family’s opportunities to obtain healthcare treatment.

For more information please contact Choice Family Healthcare at 615.592.6377 or