Mental Health Ministries
Mental Health Ministries

Mental Illness and Faith Communities

The 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. And yet individuals and families continue to suffer in silence or stop coming to their faith community because they are not receiving the support they so 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!

Mission of Mental Health Ministries

Did You Know?

  • One in four persons sitting in our pews has a family member struggling with mental health issues
  • A majority of individuals with a mental health issue go first to a spiritual leader for help
  • Studies show that clergy are the least effective in providing appropriate support and referral information
  • Our faith communities can be a caring congregation for persons living with a mental illness and their family members

Mental Health Ministries is an interfaith web based ministry to provide educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities. Our mission is to help faith communities be caring congregations for people living with a mental illness and those who love and care for them based on the “Caring Congregations” five step model of education, commitment, welcome, support and advocacy. Mental Health Ministries has created a wide variety of user friendly downloadable print and DVD resources with many of the print resources available in Spanish. This website also has training curriculums and other resources developed by denominations and national groups working in the area of spirituality/faith and mental illness. Congregations can choose from this “menu” of resources and adapt them to the unique needs of each faith community. Our Inspiration section that includes Devotions, Prayers and Quotations.

You are encouraged to sign up to receive our periodic e-Spotlights that provide timely information and links to resources addressing spirituality and mental illness. While we are not able to provide referrals or information on programs in specific areas, we do encourage you to share what you are doing for our It Worked For Us section of the website. We can learn from each other as we work together to erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities.

Support MHM

Donate to Mental Health MinistriesMental Health Ministries is a nonprofit outreach and receives no financial support from any organization.  We hope you will consider a tax deductible gift to Mental Health Ministries so that we may continue to create resources to erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities. Any size gift is most appreciated and you will receive a letter acknowledging your contribution for your tax records.