Thumbs up: A church in Westminster is setting an example of understanding and inclusivity that should be inspiring for Carroll countians of all kinds, religious or not. Members of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ unanimously voted in May to become a WISE Congregation — which stands for a welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged community for people with mental illness, substance abuse and brain disorders. The church had previously implemented measures to affirm people with mental illnesses, including mental health first-aid training with the Carroll County Health Department, monthly conversations about WISE with the whole church, and a free mental illness support and recovery group in affiliation with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But this formal declaration makes the church’s commitment clear. A Westminster 15-year-old, Sakura Dash, has depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, but she has played a role in expressing the need for such a declaration. “We want people to understand in the community how serious it is, and how difficult it can be to deal with it by yourself, and that we need other people to be there for us,” she told us. As of Monday, Saint Paul’s was one of only 15 churches nationwide to tout themselves as WISE congregations. We’d say that means Saint Paul’s can count itself as a leader on this initiative.