Devotions, guides, tips and other materials that can be used to facilitate a greater awareness and understanding of mental health and the Church.
This mental health devotional booklet from the organization Hope Made Strong focuses on one key aspect of resiliency each day which is grounded in Biblical teaching and coupled with a practical strategies for readers to implement right away.
This 5-day devotional book from Mental Health Grace Alliance can help caregivers reframe the distress of a loved one’s mental illness diagnosis by learning how to rest in God’s promises and grace in the midst of trials. Session one contains helpful information for how to work through the grieving process of a loved one’s diagnosis.
This 3-day devotional booklet from Mental Health Grace Alliance can be used as a tool to help you learn more about the good and beautiful work God does in us through our challenges.
It is can be difficult to admit you have depression when you are a pastor. Here is one pastor's story.
This article explores how the Church can form a community of care which embraces people living with mental illness and lovingly supports their family members. There is an accompanying free downloadable study guide available on the same webpage containing thought-provoking discussion questions for mental wellness teams and church leaders to consider in their care of souls.
Read about Rev. Shane Moore's experience introducing mental health to his congregation.
Let this study be the beginning of opening up to one another in a safe environment about mental health issues.
How can a church become a sanctuary—a place where individuals living with mental health challenges feel safe, supported, and a sense of belonging? The Sanctuary Course was created to inspire and equip communities of faith that are asking this important question. Developed in consultation with mental health professionals, theologians, and people with lived experience, this eight-session study guide explores key mental health topics and examines meaningful ways to offer companionship, support recovery, and promote wellbeing.
Lifting the Lid is a six-week Bible study course focused on faith and mental health. Created with small groups in mind, drawing on well-known Bible stories, it’s a free study resource to help churches explore the topics of emotional and mental wellbeing, using the Bible as a guide.
This discussion guide can be used as a Bible study that will help individuals and churches not just broaden their perspective about mental health, but USE their perspective to help themselves and others. It is intended to be used alongside the book Grace for the Afflicted.
This 12-week curriculum for small groups on the topic of mental health is based on the core concept that healing and wellness for those struggling with mental health concerns happens in community. It specifically explores how God is at work bringing healing into our lives through the Gospel and participation in community within the Church. The curriculum helps guide small groups into meaningful conversations as it explores six practices of healing community as outlined in Scripture. Originally designed by leaders at Broadway Christian Church in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, this small group curriculum can easily be adapted for an engaging Bible study at any church.
This downloadable resource contains practical advice in sections 1 and 2 for pastors and other church workers who counsel congregation members experiencing despair. Section 3 contains a Bible study that can be used in one-on-one counseling with individuals. The Bible study could also be adapted for use in a small group Bible study setting.
These resources will help you communicate with your members about the Faith.Hope.Life.campaign. They may be used without permission, either in their current form, or as you choose to modify them to suit the culture, language, and customs of your particular faith community. These materials conform to Faith.Hope.Life. editorial guidelines; however, the theological or spiritual perspective of each is that of the contributor or the author and not necessarily that of the Action Alliance or the Faith Communities Task Force.
This webpage from The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, Advocate Aurora Health, contains a variety of bulletin inserts on mental wellness related topics that can be added to your congregation’s bulletins and newsletters.
5 simple things your congregation can do to make people with mental illness feel welcome in your church. From the UCC.
The Mental Health Ministries website has several bulletin inserts related to a variety of mental health topics.
Easy-to-use resource that helps you cry out to God when you are in pain. Also available in Spanish.
Christian litanies addressing suicide, from Action Alliance.
Litanies, blessings and prayers for those contemplating suicide.
Being vulnerable to admit you have depression is difficult enough, but it is often more difficult when you are a pastor. Rev. Gabe Kasper, LCMS pastor in Ann Arbor, MI, shares his personal story of depression and offers a sermon on mental illness pointing us to the hope we have in Christ.
Scripture ideas with short commentaries about Biblical characters in their most discouraging times and how they eventually found a path toward a fruitful and productive life with God.
How can a preacher best address suicide from the pulpit? This book provides wise advice on a range of topics, including suicide prevention, funeral sermon preparation, and post-crisis care.
Addresses mental illness as a disease of the brain that sometimes leads to suicide and how churches can respond in light of this perspective.
Addresses the topic of how to help a friend who has depression, and what it means to bear one another's burdens.
Find a variety of resources - including litanies, hymns and praise songs, prayers, camera-ready graphics and sermons - to support your church's mental health ministry.
This tool is designed to be used with clergy, members of congregations, family members and anyone desiring to learn more about mental illness and how to respond with compassion and care. It can be used as a small group study or as a resource to quickly find information on a specific topic when the need arises.