Research for over 20 years has shown that when a person is in psychological distress, they’re going to their church and faith communities before they ever step foot with a mental health professional. This is why it’s important to talk about this. I see that the church is not only part of the solution but also the frontlines of the mental health crisis because that’s where people go when they’re in despair or are struggling. I noticed that we didn’t really have a full understanding of all the aspects that make up mental health and we didn’t have the resources.
What do this faith and mental health conversation include? Well, it includes everything! First and foremost, you and I are spiritual beings. Because of this, faith is connected to everything in our lives whether we realize it or not. Faith is entwined with our mental, emotional health and actions. Our faith and mental health manifest in what we believe, how we feel about what we believe, what we think about how we feel, and what we decide to do about all of that. Every facet of our lives is lived at the intersection of faith and mental health and I want to help you live this life better. I am here for all of it. I want to walk alongside you as you heal, change and grow.
APPLICATION FOR TODAY
Friends, asking for help is healthy, not weak. It is humility to say I am not ok and I need help.
Don’t plan to do this mental-emotional healing alone. This is a sisterhood and a brotherhood. We lean on and learn from each other. So, between now and the next episode, here’s what I suggest you consider doing – identify your safe person and go share a part of your story you haven’t shared yet with that safe person.