Disability Concerns has partnered with Faith and Hope Ministries to produce a free, downloadable study series on mental illness. Let’s Talk! Breaking the Silence around Mental Illness in Our Communities of Faith will open conversations about this often hidden subject.
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Considering that 25 percent of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness in the course of our lifetimes, all pastors and church leaders will deal with mental illness themselves, in their families, and/or in their congregations. These five books will help in ministering with people affected by mental illnesses.
The national attention on the suicide of Rick and Kay Warren's son Matthew brought mental health issues into the spotlight for Christians. Speakers include Rick and Kay Warren, Bishop Kevin Vann, Amy Simpson, John Townsend, and many others.
The National Empowerment Center maintains a list of consumer-run organizations that encompass the entire state or large parts of states. These organizations can be contacted for consumer support groups or programs in their respective states.
Finding resources in a rural setting for people with mental illnesses can be especially challenging. The U.S. based National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) is a professional organization that serves the field of rural mental health.
Shalem offers individual, couple, and family counseling from a Christian perspective and equips and supports communities, including faith communities, to better embrace the needs of people who struggle with emotional distress and/or mental illness.
Pathways to Promise is an interfaith technical assistance and resource center which offers liturgical and educational materials, program models, and networking information to promote a caring ministry with people with mental illnesses and their families.
This resource helps congregations develop spiritual care with children and families facing mental health issues, and includes a framework for care and many sample resources.
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.
This guide helps to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students and where and when to seek help.
Churches usually have a welcome sign outside their building. Watch video from this conference encouraging the welcome that is experienced INSIDE the church.
Nearly 1 in 4 pastors have struggled with mental illness. This guide provides guidelines and suggestions for pastors and for church councils or consistories.
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.