Faith, Hope & Good Mental Health provides faith-based support for good mental health.
Mental health challenges as part of the invisible epidemic of mental health concerns in America. One in five people has a diagnosable mental health concern in any given year. The same statistic applies to faith communities and to faith leaders.
Faith Leaders are often the first person someone with mental health concerns turns to, so educating faith leaders to understand mental health challenges is the first step in providing compassionate care.
The long term goal is to address the pain and suffering mental health challenges cause and to create responsive, compassionate, caring communities.
Creating a mental health team or ministry is key to addressing mental health challenges in a community.
The first step is to understand what the needs and hopes of the community are.
Then a plan can be developed.
These are the steps to create informed, caring, compassionate communities:
- Awareness building
People of faith can learn new skills and save lives. Faith communities can support people with mental health concerns as they move towards healing and wholeness.
When you say a situation or a person is hopeless,
you are slamming the door in the face of God.
—Charles L. Allen