Mental Health Ministries

Mental Health Ministries LogoThe magnitude of mental illness in this country is staggering. According to the Surgeon General, one in every five Americans experiences a mental disorder in any given year and half of all Americans have such disorders at some time in their lives. These illnesses of the brain affect all of us, regardless of age, gender, economic status or ethnicity. Nearly every person sitting in the pews has been touched in some way by mental illness. Individuals and families suffer in silence or stop coming to church, because they are not receiving the support they desperately need. They become detached from their faith community and their spirituality, which is an important source of healing, wholeness and hope in times of personal darkness. THERE IS HOPE!

Hispanic Pastor Preaching to His CongregationMental Health Ministries is a web-based ministry to provide educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities.  There are a wide variety of user friendly downloadable print resources including brochures, bulletin inserts, resource guides, books, resources on suicide prevention and links to national groups addressing spirituality/faith and mental illness. Congregations can choose from this “menu” of resources and adapt them to the unique needs of their faith community.  There are also videos that cover a wide range of subjects and can be used in workshops or small group studies.

Mental Health Ministries was founded by Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder after a series of events led to severe depression and hospitalization in 1991. Because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, Susan realized the need to educate faith leaders and congregations about serious mental illness. The “Caring Congregations” five step model of education, commitment, welcome, support and advocacy is based on the Caring Communities resolution passed by the GBCS in 1993.

You can sign up to receive the Mental Health Ministries e-Spotlight newsletters. Our current e-Spotlight is also posted on our website.

Mental Illness and Families of Faith

Mental Illness strikes one in four families. When a family member has a mental illness, the whole family is affected. One’s faith can be a source of comfort and hope.

United Methodist Resources

What United Methodists Believe About Mental Illness

“We believe that faithful Christians are called to be in ministry to individuals and their families challenged by disorders causing disturbances of thinking, feeling and acting categorized as ‘mental illness.’ We acknowledge that throughout history and today, our ministries in this area have been hampered by lack of knowledge, fear and misunderstanding. Even so, we believe that those so challenged, their families and their communities are to be embraced by the church in its ministry of compassion and love.”

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