Mental Illness is a Taboo Topic for Churches.
One in four Americans suffers from some kind of mental illness in any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Many look to their church for spiritual guidance in times of distress. But they’re unlikely to find much help on Sunday mornings, according to Lifeway research.
The study found pastors and churches want to help those who experience mental illness. But those good intentions don’t always lead to action. “But pastors need more guidance and preparation for dealing with mental health crises, says Ed Stetzer.” They often don’t have a plan to help individuals or families affected by mental illness, and miss opportunities to be the church.”
“Churches talk openly about cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and other health conditions – they should do same for mental illness, in order to reduce the sense of stigma,” Stetzer said.
66% say that their church only discuss mental illness once a year- a total disconnect.
I think this is a wake up call for the churches to act, and the time is now.
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