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 health is both an urgent, and largely neglected, issue in our culture. 70% of teenagers say anxiety and depression, for example, are a “major problem” among people their age, according to Pew Research. But mental health is not just a concern for high-schoolers.
One in four Americans of all ages has some sort of mental illness. And that number doesn’t diminish even among clergy, as 23% of pastors admit to experiencing mental health issues, according to LifeWay Research. Yet the same study shows that 60% of pastors do not agree that “medications should be used any time they can ease symptoms of acute mental illness.”
Jesus came, not only to save us from sin, but also to make us whole. He said, “I came to give life—life that is full and good,” (John 10:10). The church must join Jesus’ mission, destigmatize mental illness and strive to bring holistic healing to those who desperately need it.