A mental health symposium designed to heighten awareness within the faith community and beyond about mental illness among specific local at-risk groups and to develop strategies to better support those struggling with mental health will be held Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.

The event is being sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and St. Paul Lutheran Church, with sessions scheduled at both locations. The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. Call (225) 923-3133 or email admin@stpaulbr.com.

Here is the schedule:

12:30 p.m. Friday, March 20 — Our Lady of the Lake Rosary Chapel, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge: Join the Rev. Raymond Jetson, of Star Hill Baptist Church, and artist Mary Button as she presents her original art, “Reflections on Stations of the Cross.” This exhibit demonstrates how those with mental illness may see the Stations of the Cross.

6 p.m. Friday, March 20 — St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd., Baton Rouge (corner of Old Hammond Highway and Tara Boulevard): Join keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, author of “Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family and Church,” along with artist Mary Button who will share an interpretation of her work.

8 a.m. to 3;30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 — St. Paul Lutheran Church: Symposium focusing on elders, veterans, families/youth and children and homeless.