We are here to serve those who struggle with their mental health by breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health in our churches and our communities through faith-based support and the equipping of leaders.
We are committed to outreach and education through continued on-line resource growth, in person instruction & advocacy across the country.
and people who struggle with their mental health are already sitting in our churches. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, "nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness (44.7 million in 2016). Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe." (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml)
If 20% of our church attendees are in some way struggling with their mental health and we don't address it appropriately then we run the risk of ultimately hurting 20% of our church attendees through alienation and shame.
Throughout my years of advocacy work I have had the opportunity to share with thousands of people the story of my life and the impacts that mental illness has had on me; from emotional turmoil, to substance abuse, and even suicide attempts. After every time I have shared my story I have had person after person come up and tell me that my story was their story. That they felt shame for what was happening within themselves. Fear of being discovered. Feeling isolated just for taking medications or seeing a mental health practitioner.
We live in a fallen and broken world. And our brains are an organ. Sometimes our organs don't function in the ways they should. Without shame, many people take insulin to manage diabetes because their body isn't regulating itself well, Why should anyone else feel shame for going to a doctor for treatment of their mental health struggles as well? It is not a sin to be sick!
And just as a person would visit a Doctor for heart or lung issues, a person should never be forced to feel as if they are lacking in their faith in God just because they visited a Doctor for their mind.
Our churches and our communities need to be a safe place for everyone. Unless we tell the people around us that they are in a safe place, not just by our words but also through our actions, the assumption will be made that nothing has changed toward the stigma that surrounds the topic of mental health, resulting in the silent suffering of a community that desperately needs to hear the message of hope in that having a diagnosis doesn't exempt us from the love of God and a life filled with purpose.
We are here to help in sharing that message.
Founder ~ Mental Health Pulpit
"Not all problems can be solved. Every problem can be served."
~ Pastor Rick Warren