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Mental Illness: What is the Church's Role?

Author Amy Simpson shares how the church can help those affected with mental health struggles.

Churches can help in many ways, a few of the simplest ideas are these:

1.) Talk about it. Every year, more than 25 percent of the U.S. adult population suffers from a diagnosable mental illness—mostly quietly and in shame.

2.) Assemble a network. Before a crisis, find professionals with a variety of specialties. Build relationships with them, ask for advice, and be ready to partner when someone needs care.

3.) Foster friendships. People affected by mental illness need friends who will not abandon them when they’re symptomatic.

4.) Walk through treatment. Visit the hospital. Bring casseroles. Help with the cost of medications. Ask how treatments are going. Minister to people with mental illness in the ways you minister to people recovering from surgery or enduring cancer treatments.

"Like it or not, the church is the first place many turn in crisis. And fair or not, the church’s silence or rejection feels like rejection from God. We cannot keep turning away from the most vulnerable among us. It’s time to be part of the solution."



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