Mental Health Resources
Research shows that 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year, but 66% of pastors talk about mental health in sermons only once a year or less. And yet, the church can and should be a valuable resource for those struggling with mental illness. Here are some links to reputable organizations, help lines, information and tools, for individuals and faith leaders better care for our mental well-being.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, 988, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7 connection to confidential support. Just call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org.
If you’re looking for a therapist, the Find a Therapist Tool is a great place to start. Psychology Today offers a search tool for licensed therapists that allows for many different filters including therapeutic specialities, religious affiliation, insurance providers, geography, gender, and more. You can always contact someone and ask for a free consultation to see if it is a good fit.
For Pastors & Faith Leaders
Neuroscience, Mental Health and the Church
We break down what exactly mental illness and mental health are, what is happening in the brain, and how the church can respond in ways that help us all to be healthier individuals and begin to build a more understanding, empathetic and healthy community.