It Can Begin With You

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Jul10
A Lifeway study said that 65% of family members of someone with mental illness believe local churches should do more in talking about mental illness openly. I myself have met several people who silently wait week-after-week for their leadership to publicly address the issue of mental illness. However, an increasing

It’s the Same, But Harder

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Jul08
Over the last year I’ve heard multiple stories of pastors who’ve died by suicide. For some it was after years of dealing with mental health struggles such as anxiety and depression. After learning of such accounts some people have asked me, “What should pastors be doing to better care for their own

The Church Gathered and Scattered

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Jun10
I recently had two very different conversations with churches in our community. The first conversation started with a church wanting to connect people supported in the public mental health system to their congregation. The church expressed their desire to be as welcoming as possible to those arriving on a Sunday for

A Daily Experience

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May10
This May is Mental Health month. In response, some faith communities have wondered, “so what are we supposed to do any differently this month?” Perhaps a place to start is to reflect together on the reality that this month is an annual reminder of what is actually a daily experience

Fighting Stigma on All Fronts

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Apr10
Stigma is one of those buzzwords we frequently use without thinking about its actual meaning. While not a complete explanation, one way stigma works is that we draw a negative conclusion about certain people without even knowing them due to a generalized sense of fear. How this type of stigma can be

More Than a Referral

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Mar10
Last month we looked at how human service providers can more intentionally navigate the intersection of faith and mental health. This month we’re exploring how faith communities can do the same. To be sure, similar challenges exist. Just as many human service providers feel inadequate addressing matters of faith, so faith communities tend

A Higher Calling

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Mar10
A survey was done of Access Services’ host family providers asking what led them to serve others in such a way. A number of respondents stated it was a sense of calling from God that inspired them to open up their homes to others. This insight into the motivation of

Holistic in Theory and Practice

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Jan10
This month we’re looking at how human service providers navigate the intersection of faith and mental health. In doing so it’s helpful to recall that SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association) produced a document in 2006 listing the 10 Fundamental Components of Recovery. One of the components listed was