Get Online Help During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic
During this challenging and stressful time with many people staying at home to avoid exposure to the risky COVID-19 virus, many Christian brothers and sisters, pastors, clergy, and church leaders will experience anxiety, worry, depression, stress, and other emotional and mental distress. In addition to valuable information and practical advice, connecting with other people interactively in real-time using the phone, video conferencing, and online sessions can be very helpful. We will post more live links as we find them here. Please contact us and add other resources you know of.
Have the extra assurance of praying with someone right now, anytime, anywhere, without worrying if you’re interrupting someone or can’t reach a friend. People can support you with prayer right now when you’re alone and isolated because of situations like physical distancing during a global pandemic.
Saddleback Church hosts this monthly Hope for Mental Health Community as a safe place for anyone living with mental illness, family members, friends, volunteers, and anyone who has a passion to journey with others toward hope. This warm and welcoming place where you can connect, learn about mental health and wellness, and provide support to one another. This community is founded on the spiritual truths that you are loved, you have a purpose, you belong, you have a choice, and you are desperately needed in this world. Join the online livestream at facebook.com/KayWarrensPage
For pastors and clergy working on the front lines of ministry during this Coronavirus pandemic are experiencing extra stress, there are hotlines and caring people they can call to receive empathetic listening and support. Yes, pastors, you can talk with someone for free, safe and confidential.
During this unprecedented time of social distancing and quarantining Key Ministry will host a weekly video roundtable where we can connect each Monday at 12pm Noon Eastern Time. Ministry leaders from around the country interact via Zoom videoconference to discuss issues pertaining to disability ministry. Please register.
Compassion in Action: A Guide for Faith Communities Serving People Experiencing Mental Illness and Their Caregivers
The federal government has issued this free guide, “designed as a resource to help faith leaders from all religious and spiritual traditions, as well as their congregants.” Published by the Center For Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (Partnership Center) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This 42-page guide will “increase awareness and build capacity to serve people in their midst experiencing mental illness, and to care well for their family or caregivers.”
Articles about Mental Health
This Christian Post op-ed article by Dr. Philip G. Monroe (Director of Trauma Healing Training at American Bible Society) has valuable perspectives and practical ways for pastors and church leaders to help those who searching for spiritual and emotional support. Dear...
The Resilient Church Leadership initiative provides both information and experiences through multi-media resources for church leaders to understand their own spiritual health and to find ways to cope with the anxiety and stress that accompany times of crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly not the first crisis faced by Christian leaders but it is undeniably unique and will create a new “before” and “after.” How can leaders manage their own fears and uncertainties while also guiding their people through theirs? Join New...
This website serves faith communities with a curated collection of mental health resources that are especially useful for churches, clergy, pastors, Christians, and others for whom faith is a key component of their lived experience.
Trauma Healing Institute
Bible-Based Trauma Healing Care for the Global Church
Trauma Healing Institute (THI), a ministry of American Bible Society, provides training, resources, and support to help the Church respond to trauma in communities around the world. Built on a solid foundation of mental health best practices, our Bible-based model leads to sustainable trauma care in any context. Learn more at TraumaHealing.Bible.
NAMI FaithNet is an information exchange network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to create more welcoming and supportive faith communities for persons and families touched by serious mental illness. NAMI FaithNet also encourages the role of faith in recovery for those for whom faith is a key component of their experience.
Mental Health Awareness Calendar
October is Mental Health Month (Australia)
First week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 10 is World Mental Health Day
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day +
National Suicide Prevention Week is the week with that Day
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day in November, on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving
About the Green Ribbon
The color lime green represents mental health awareness. Wearing the lime green ribbon is a great way to open an honest dialogue with friends, family, classmates and co-workers about mental health. And it’s an easy way to show your support.