What I Wish The Church Knew About Mental Health

ChurchMag | 8/19/2019 | Jeremy Smith
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Because mental health and the church are something I’m passionate about, Blessing challenged me to write about it. The conversation of mental health is not new to me. It’s been my job for the past six years–I’ve worked as a clinical counselor in two different community mental health centers, one in Colorado and now in Ohio. I’ve pushed my voice into the conversation of mental health as it applies to faith with ChurchAndMentalHealth.com as I try to be a resource to churches and their members.

What Is Broken?

Today - Issues - Cause - Light - Conversation

Today we’ll talk about what is broken. Trying to fix issues without knowing their cause can perpetuate them. We need to shine a light on the conversation of mental health in our faith, to not only find out what is wrong, but what church leaders and Christians, in general, are doing that make the issues worse.

What is broken about mental illness within the Church? This certainly is not an exhaustive list, each culture within a nation is different. And different church size will have different issues.

Stigma - Health - Illness - Thing - Sin

Stigma of mental health. We make it seem like mental illness is not a thing. Further, we portray it as a sin. Christians say its because we don’t try hard enough to get over it. We care too much and need to let it go. But these are all lies. Mental illness is because of the Fall, but not a sin in-and-of-itself. There is biological factors, grieving, and psychological issues that are not choices of having mental health issues and we must be aware of our words.

Worship is geared to people without mental illness and developmental disabilities. Imagine you have a significant history of trauma from sexual abuse. You go to a church that has lots of lights, a bit dark, and lots of people. Or you are encouraged...
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