Faith & Mental Health: Being Made Whole
How do you care for your mental health? A major part of our whole health and critical to living a quality life, is mental health care and having caring community, support, and resources.
Vicki Elliott is executive director of Mental Health Connect, an organization dedicated to providing community-based resources, support, and education to improve access to mental health services, connecting individuals and families with the services they need. Their innovative approach involves collaboration with faith communities, ongoing training, and resource sharing, helping faith communities have the tools and resources to be safe places to find help.
Vicki’s calling came on the heels of tragedy and grief. After losing her oldest son Cole to mental health and addiction related issues in 2018, Vicki became more passionate about helping others and sharing what she learned. Mental Health Connect was the organization she needed during her own journey. She now shares that story with others to let people know they’re not alone and to bring hope.
With an Economics degree from St. Catherine University and an MBA from Metropolitan State University, she brings a background of leadership, finance, and networking. She believes that sharing our stories can change the landscape, open it up and create change. Some of her most memorable positions include working for Anthony Robbins, the motivational speaker, the MN Timberwolves and working with Christian organizations for the past 20 years.
Growing up in a small Wisconsin river town taught her hard work, the importance of community and connection and responsibility. When not researching mental health resources and running MHC she can be found in the Twin Cities, MN spending time with her husband Chuck, son Andrew, daughter Callie and pups Lucky and Ole.