Many of YOU have found ways to reach out to individuals and families struggling with mental illness using your own interests, skills and talents. You have seen a need and found some creative ways to use your gifts to help others. People like YOU have submitted ideas about the use of art in healing, the advantages of pet therapy, scripture stickers and providing comfort gift baskets to persons in need of care and support.
You are invited to share YOUR IDEAS to bring comfort, hope and healing to persons living with mental illness. In sharing YOUR IDEAS, you can choose to give you name, city, state or community if you wish. You can contact Mental Health Ministries through the website or by e-mailing Susan at .
WE WILL SEE THE INDIVIDUAL FIRST, NOT THE ILLNESS - “Understanding is a fountain of life for those who have it.”—Proverbs 16:22a
Each person is an individual with many attributes--a distinct personality with different looks, character, talents and skills raised within its own family type in an environment of varying opportunities. This diversity balances relationships and promotes growth, making society an interesting group of people that can live in harmony rather than opposition...
I find it useful during my work day to keep close those things that remind me of God and hope. Sometimes all we need is something to recharge us. Children and adolescents who suffer from depression or anxiety tend to benefit most from daily reminders. I have kids use a lanyard, ID-size paper or cardboard and individualize it to their liking. Here's what you’ll need...
My name is Kimberly Knox, inventor, bipolar I patient and creator of Mood Watch, a new mobile application program for people who may have mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorders. Mood Watch gives people tools that can help them live happier and more productive, spiritually active lives. It all starts with peace. This is my goal; the reach is world-wide.
After the suicide death of our 20-year-old son in December 2010, we feel compelled to raise awareness of mental and emotional problems in children. As Christian parents, our faith is central to our lives. We homeschooled our two boys, and involved them in church activities. Evidently our son struggled from a mood disorder, but kept it hidden from us.
During his senior year of 1982, while majoring in Studio Art at Georgia State University, Jerome Lawrence received a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. Jerome continued to paint as he had all his life and he has now been in recovery for many years.
Scripture Stickies makes stickable Bible verses designed to help people memorize and meditate on the Word of God. The Bible offers comfort, peace, and practical advice for those living and coping with mental illness.
Joann Davis is the director of Ministry with Persons with disAbilities for the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. While her office provides services to people with all manner of disAbilities, ministry to people with brain disorders drew her attention for this article.
I no longer want to hide from this blanket of darkness called depression. I want to feel good again. I want to be able to touch it, see it and share it. Art has given me that ray of light that I was looking for. So many people suffer as I do and their creativity helps them to heal and feel whole again.
Denise Fletcher has a degree in Recreational Therapy from Minnesota State University wrote me about an idea to develop a "Comfort Kit Basket." Faith communities can put together baskets that could be given to persons with a mental illness such as people in clubhouses, drop-in centers, group homes, psychiatric hospitals, shelters. Different faith traditions can decide what to include in these "Comfort Kit Baskets." Some suggestions are a small pocket Bible and/or a book of Psalms. The free downloadable brochure on "Scriptures for Comfort" could be included. It is available on this website in the Other Resources section.
I have had bipolar depression since 1993. I love animals and decided to keep birds. I bought 18 budgies, commonly known as parakeets. They got me up in the morning as I had to feed them. Budgies are very social creatures. It was great to see their antics and I certainly had lots of feathered friends "to talk to"! My doctor said that it was the greatest therapy and would do me a lot of good. He was right.