"You need to do something about this,” the pastor pleaded. He urged, “I won’t tell you the details, but you need to do something to address the mental health challenges pastors face.”
This Resource Guide from the United Church of Christ includes worship resources on mental illness such as sermon ideas, complete sermons, a litany, unison prayers and more.
Please pray for my deliverance from the demonic.
The outside community—extended family, church, school, and friends—all had difficulty believing what I said as a parent to a child has partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome with a severe degree of disability.
Nearly 1 in 4 pastors have struggled with mental illness. This Guide for a Clergy Leave of Absence for Mental Health Reasons provides guidelines and suggestions for pastors and for church councils or consistories.
My main reason for writing about schizophrenia specifically, and mental illness in general, is to help those who may be suffering from it or who know someone who does, but don’t know how to help because of stigma.
With the stage set for a great weekend, I felt my heart drop when I got my last phone call of the night from Josh – they had arrived, but Jarett was having an anxiety attack.
Here's a poem sent to Disability Concerns to remind us that we need to bring what is hidden out in the open so that love can abound.
To help your congregation, Disability Concerns created a Mental Health Speakers Bureau to allow congregations to find qualified people in their area who can speak on mental health issues.
For Jarett, the thought of going to a church camp that was hours away from his family and those who fully understood his anxiety, was terrifying. Nonetheless, this year would be different.
When Alan Johnson hears or reads about mental health and gun violence, he can become defensive. Find out why.
After the webinar about mental health and ministry, we came up with a group of resources that ministry leaders have found helpful in dealing with mental health issues in our churches.
In this webinar, Brett Ullman shares his story and gives insight into where his help came from and how churches and leaders can provide support for those affected by mental health issues.
This documentary shows how schizophrenia affects the individuals who suffer from the illness(es) and their entourage. I think watching the video speaks for itself.
Are you burdened by a sense of gloom that you cannot explain or fully account for? It seems that much of our mental health comes from community and the unconditional love of God.
"The Body of Christ and Mental Illness," a statement from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Disability Awareness Sunday bulletin insert on mental health (PDF).
Churches usually have a welcome sign outside their building. Watch video from this conference encouraging the welcome that is experienced INSIDE the church.
What if churches and church leaders looked at ministry with people with serious mental illnesses not as burdens to be borne but as opportunities from God for ministry?
This story project is a joint effort of Disability Concerns (CRC), Faith and Hope Ministries, and Disability Awareness (RCA).
As a parent or caregiver, you may have questions about certain behaviors your children or dependents exhibit and how to ensure they get help. But do you need help starting a conversation?
The media compound problems by reporting in minute detail whenever a person with a mental illness attacks someone who is presumed to be sane. The same media don't say a word when the opposite happens...
Here are some ideas for ministry with people who have mental illnesses. These ideas can be used in various ways — such as a bulletin insert, newsletter article, or read from the pulpit.
Melissa Miles McCarter wonders what would be lost if she could suddenly shed herself of bi-polar disorder. Maybe it would mean, "shedding the courage I have developed in sharing my story. . ."
Check out these helpful resources for faith leaders working with members of their congregations and their families who are facing mental health challenges.