At St. Andrew, we know that Jesus is the good shepherd who watches over his flock and refuses to lose a single one. He cared for the least, the last, and the lost -- the people who were most vulnerable. If you or someone you love struggles with overwhelming emotions or a mental health issue, you may feel lost, too. One in four adults are affected by mental illness; you or your loved one is not alone! This ministry focuses on helping individuals and families find their way and all information shared is strictly confidential.
When you or a family member is dealing with any kind of mental illness, it can feel profoundly overwhelming. People often don't know where to look for help or how to even begin the healing process, and the stigma of seeking help can hold them back. We want to remove the shame or embarrassment that some feel when seeking help. Our Mental Health Caring Ministry seeks to provide caring guides to help you find support and help for either yourself or a loved one. Our team can come alongside and help you navigate a journey that can be confusing.
How It Works
If you need help for yourself or a family member and don't know where to start, please contact one of the caring guides listed below. You can do this by sending an email to the address listed next to their bios, or you can call the church office at 497-7755 to get a message to them.
Please understand that this team does not provide any treatment or intervention and is not a crisis hotline -- they are simply here to help you figure out where and how to get help from an appropriate provider or agency. Their years of experience in the field let them respond with knowledge and compassion. They will be able to talk with you or meet in person to make sure you feel supported and cared for.
Who To Contact
Luci and Doug Keazer
Luci and Doug Keazer have been involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness - West Central Indiana (NAMI-WCI) since 2007, when they wanted to better understand and support a beloved family memeber suffering from a serious mental illness. They have tremendous compassion and respect for people and their families who live with mental illness. Luci teaches families how to cope with mental illness and is a member of the FaithNet team that encourages faith communities to become involved in mental health support. Doug also serves as a volunteer and works with NAMI-WCI's annual Walk/Run. Both are involved in the hopeful recovery journey of a family member.
Scott Eaker has a heart for those mired within the addiction cycles, the ups and the downs and the utter darkness of despair. Having navigated the multiple levels of community resources, he is available as a support to those who desire a listening ear and help in reaching out for further assistance. Scott firmly believes that addiction is not a shameful secret that must be hidden away, rather one that we can come alongside each other and bring into the Light. If you wish to speak with him, contact him at 765-491-7278
Brent Clemenz holds a Master's Degree in social work and has worked for Wabash Valley Alliance (WVA), our local community mental health center, for over twenty-five years. As WVA Tippecanoe County Manager, Brent's work focuses on providing quality care to indviduals suffering from chronic mental illness. He supervises all WVA treatment programs in Tippecanoe County and also coordinates the emergency services team. He has over nine years of experience providing crisis intervention to individuals of all ages.
Peter Desmangles has a Master's Degree in mental health counseling and has been a local mental health therapist for the past twelve years. He's worked with families, couples, individuals, adults, teenagers, and children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Peter can be a good starting resource for services in Lafayette and surrounding areas and is eager to help connect others with assistance for a variety of mental health issues.
Tiffanie Desmangles is a case manager with over fourteen years of experience in serving those with a mental health disorder. She has mainly worked with single adults and often helps them find housing, apply for financial help, develop coping and daily life skills, manage their medications, and understand their illnesses. Tiffanie also coordinates care between her clients' physician, therapist, psychiatrist, and family members. She works very hard to help people feel "normal" and not be stigmatized by their diagnosis.