Mental health concerns affect about one in four people nationwide. Despite this prevalence, discussion has long been pushed aside in churches and society as a whole. Some of this comes from attitudes that God will heal anyone with faith. Attitudes such as this lead to stigma and lack of treatment.
People with mental health conditions have long been shunted off to the corners of society. Treatment involved restraint, physical punishment, and crowded conditions. Even today, our jails are often used as de facto treatment centers, and many homeless people have mental health needs.
Just as we believe that all church facilities should be physically accessible and inclusive, we believe that God calls us to welcome every person. God also calls us to care for each other, and research indicates that more than half of those facing a challenge turn first to clergy or other church sources for assistance.
For more about mental health and spiritual life, including helpful videos, visit our partner site:
Mental Health Ministries