Understanding Mental Health
The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us? Why is it uniquely challenging for us to address issues often associated with mental illness (The Exchange with Ed Stetzer in Christianity Today, April 2018)
The Christian Struggle with Mental Illness: Mental illness is not a subject Christians should run from. (The Exchange with Ed Stetzer in Christianity Today, May 2016)
“Why are we afraid of mental health?” (Aaron Pina, Mental Health First Aid Blog, September 2019)
More articles about Mental Health from Christianity Today
Mental Health and the Bible
Biblical Help and Hope for People with Mental Illness (at Get.Bible)
14 Proven Bible Verses to Help Your Mental Health (by Barry Pearman)
Fleeing North in the Full Armor of God: When our church offered therapy to traumatized migrants, we witnessed the healing power of Scripture. (by John Garland, Christianity Today, June 2019)
God Made Our Brains to Need Others: Both science and Scripture invite us to share our suffering. (by Katie Jo Ramsey, Christianity Today, October 2017)
Mental Health and Spiritual Life
What does the Bible say about mental illness? (by Austin Maddox, ERLC)
What is mental health, according to science and the Bible? (by Napp Nazworth, Christian Post)
4 Encouraging Truths for Christians with Mental Illness (by Lieryn Barnett, The Gospel Coalition)
How to Pray About Mental Illness When You Can’t Find the Words (April Yamasaki)
4 Myths Too Many Christians Believe About Mental Health (by Carley Marcouillier, Relevant Magazine)
14 Bible Verses to Help your Mental Health (by Barry Pearman, Turning the Page)
MentalHealth.Bible Blog Articles
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 York Times bestselling author, leadership coach and psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud as he...
We've all heard about how important and powerful prayer is, but there are times when we need someone to pray with right now. That can be hard to find when you're alone and isolated because of situations like physical distancing during a global pandemic. Of course, yes, you can pray anytime anywhere 24/7 and talk with God directly, and will God will listen....
As the Bible recorded Jesus' words, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” in Luke 10:27, the emotions in the heart and thoughts in the mind together are included in what affects a person's mental health. Yes, while it's human to have...
It’s time to talk about mental health, and to balance what your nonprofit organization is experiencing with what you and your team are personally feeling and experiencing.
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This Lightworkers article, "When Will the Church Answer the Call of Those Struggling with Mental Illness?" rightly noted the church's role in ministering to the whole person, spiritually and mentally; here's an excerpt: God has called us to minister wholeness to those around us. The church has a major role to play in the crusade for mental health. Mental...
Watch this video of Dr. Nicole Martin (Director of U.S Ministry) and Dr. Phil Monroe (Trauma Healing Institute Director of Training & Mentorship) discuss American Bible Society's new Beyond Disaster resource. Get this resource now at DisasterRelief.Bible. You Don't Have to Get Better to Find God Our world is experiencing the devastating effects...
Significant numbers of people will struggle with mental health problems in their lifetime. Mental Health America estimates that "46% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life" and this includes both Christians or non-Christians. "So what do Christians think when it comes to mental health issues?...
Excerpt from a Sojourners' article about the stigma of mental health by Robyn Henderson-Espinoza— Christianity has a bad habit of diminishing the body in favor of elevating the mind. For Plato and Descartes, two philosophers who have heavily influenced the Western church’s thinking on spirit and flesh, the body was imagined as an inferior attachment to an...