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About one in five people live with a diagnosable mental health challenge, and Christians are not exempt. Yet, most congregations don't talk about it. The purpose of this series is to create a safe place where people will feel comfortable in sharing their story and be supported in their spiritual journey. "It is recognized by many professionals in the mental health field that spirituality is a key component of recovery. . . Parish mental illness ministries can reduce stigma that causes isolation, while providing a sense of God’s comfort and care that helps in the recovery process."

For more information, see these two references produced by the American Psychiatric Association. 

Thanks to Thomas Lambert, co-Chair of  Chicago Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness, for sharing this outline with us. Used by permission. 

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