Through Loss and Grief, OMP Partnership Provides Mental Health Support

We are all aware of how difficult it has been for anyone in ministry since March 2020, when COVID-19 arrived in Arkansas. In late 2019, the sadness and grief preceded the pandemic for friends and supporters of Ozark Mission Project. This tragedy arrived unexpectedly through the death of OMP volunteer, Alexis Faupal, from ovarian cancer at the tender age of 21.

“Our whole community was grieving and personally I wished I could have done more to help. I didn’t have the words and felt like I didn’t have the tools to offer. The summer of 2020 led to more loss and I kept hearing of volunteers saying things like, ‘I feel like everything I love is being taken away,’” shared Bailey Faulkner, Executive Director of OMP.

Through all of the trauma caused by quarantine and loss, it became quite evident that many people could benefit from mental health counseling and support.

Faulkner stated, “Today each one of us is experiencing grief in some way, and I believe healing happens when we are able to talk through it. Now, through this partnership with Chenal Family Therapy, anyone who wants a place for free mental health support can have that.”

Ozark Mission Project recently announced its partnership with Chenal Family Therapy and that they are offering free counseling to their non-profit partners (local churches) and to ALL of those that they serve. Chenal Family Therapy has over 20+ graduate interns available in-person and by Zoom for individual, couples, and family counseling.

“We are so thankful for this partnership and hope that local churches, youth groups, and Wesley Foundations will all take advantage of these free services. And we would love for all churches to share this information on social media and in newsletters,” said Faulker.

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