Mountain welcomed Will Hutcherson and Dr. Chinwé Williams this past weekend to share their biblical wisdom and practical strategies to help parents walk away with new tools for fostering connection and know the critical steps to take in order to help kids and teens feel seen and promote healing. See below some of the key takeaways and more information from Mental Health Night. 

God gave us spiritual & practical tools

  • Pray
  • Scripture memorization
  • Meditation
  • Fasting
  • Neuroscience & biblical wisdom

Emotional side of the brain (right side) focuses on:

  • Trauma, anger, aggression, love

Logical side of the brain (left side) focuses on:

  • organization, rational thought, advance planning

Both sides of the brain work together to help with our fight or flight response.

How we make practical connections in ways to influence the brain:

  • Show up and slow down
  • Show up when it’s inconvenient
  • Show up undistracted
  • See Them

Mental Health Night - Dr. Chinwé Williams & Will Hutcherson 2/10/23

Supporting Scripture

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Psalms‬ ‭86‬:‭15 | NIV

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John‬ ‭10‬:‭10‬‬ | NIV

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬‬ | NIV

Additional Resources
Book | SEEN, By Dr. Chinwé Williams & Will Hutcherson

Online Resource for Parents 
Mental Health Resource Guide
Crisis Conversation Guides - Middle School + High School
HCPS Mental Health Zone 

About Guest Speakers

Will_Head_Shot.jpgWill Hutcherson is an author, speaker, and pastor. Will has been a Next Gen and Student Pastor for over 15 years. Over the past several years he has become increasingly passionate about finding practical ways to bring hope to kids and teens who are facing increasing amounts of anxiety, depression, and despair. This led to him starting Curate Hope, a non-profit that focuses on suicide prevention, mental health awareness, and partnering with schools, churches, and parents to help heal despair in teens. Will seeks to build a bridge between the local church and the schools and families that are navigating this mental health crisis. Every year, he speaks in public schools across the country, letting students know that there is always hope. He lives in the sunshine state with his wife Arianne and three kids, where you might find him listening to 90’s R&B or hunting alligators. 

Chinwe-Headshot.jpgDr. Chinwé U. Williams is a Board-Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (CPCS) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. Dr. Williams has worked in the area of counseling for over fifteen years and counselor education and training for ten years. She has served as a college and high school counselor, group facilitator, executive coach, and currently works as a therapist and consultant in schools, non-profit, faith-based, and corporate work settings. Her expertise lies in areas of stress/anxiety management, trauma recovery, intersection of faith and mental health, diversity and inclusion and youth and adult wellness. Dr. Williams has previously taught at Georgia State University, Argosy University, University of Central Florida, and Rollins College and is a member of Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) and an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Williams is also a published journal author and a frequently   featured expert blog and podcast contributor on topics related to child, adolescent, and adult mental health and wellness. She is a co-author of the Amazon best seller, SEEN: Healing Despair and Anxiety in Kids and Teens Through the Power of Connection. She is also a speaker at local, national, and international conferences and the owner & principal therapist at Meaningful Solutions Counseling & Consulting, where she maintains a growing private practice in Roswell, GA serving adolescents, young adults, individuals, and families.