All posts in Mental Health

Q&A: How Can I Ask My Church for Help with Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Guest Post: Mental Illness, Prayer, and Extravagant Grace

Please enjoy this post from Catherine P. Downing (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her resources for families living with mental illness). Catherine is a writer, an advocate, and a consultant. She’s also mother to a son affected by serious mental illness, and she practices what […]

Your (Small) Community Can Change the Narrative on Mental Illness

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Wichita, Kansas, to speak at a banquet celebrating and supporting HopeNet, a nonprofit organization that has brought hope to Wichita for more than 25 years. HopeNet provides counseling services at reduced rates (based on income level) for as little as $15 per session. The organization also offers spiritual direction, […]

Video Post: Mental Illness—Churches Are Responding

I write and talk a lot about what we need to do to respond to the needs of people with mental illness. I frequently point out what churches can start doing or do better. But some churches and ministry organizations are doing good work here, or hosting catalytic conversations. So I wanted to take a […]

Remember, Mental Illness Doesn’t Tell the Full Story

In the history of this world, no one has told more lies than the father of lies himself. But mental illness plays a close second. Earlier this week, Irish singer Sinead O’Connor posted a video on Facebook, claiming she was alone in a hotel room in New Jersey, she was without support, and everyone she […]

16 Resources for Mental Health Ministry

If you’re in ministry, people come to you with all sorts of needs and concerns. We know you’re no superhero, as much as you might want to fix all that troubles the folks in your care. Sometimes you don’t even have answers. But most of time you know there’s something you can offer: a prayer, […]

Someone You Should Know – Joe Padilla of Mental Health Grace Alliance (Part 2)

Every now and then, I like to write about people or organizations I think you should know. In this post, I present part 2 of my conversation with Joe Padilla, co-founder, president, and CEO of Mental Health Grace Alliance. I often mention this organization when I speak, or when people ask me about Christian resources […]

Someone You Should Know: Joe Padilla of Mental Health Grace Alliance (Part 1)

Every now and then, I like to write about people or organizations I think you should know. In this post, I’m featuring an organization I often mention when I speak, or when people ask me about Christian resources to help individuals and families affected by mental illness: Mental Health Grace Alliance. I talked with Joe […]

Video Post: Mental Illness Is Not as Unique as We Think

What if mental illness is not all that different from other forms of illness? What if we already know how to help? I think if we believed this, we would respond with more courage, level-headedness, and effectiveness. Check out this video for my thoughts on the matter. Enjoy!

No Cause for Shame: Understanding Anxiety Disorders

You know the feeling. Your heart pounds, your breath quickens, your vision slides into sharp focus. As adrenaline courses through your veins, your skin temperature changes and every muscle in your body tenses, ready to fight or flee. Calm down, you tell yourself. It’s just a shadow. You take a few deep breaths, emit a […]

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