Mental Illness



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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. And serious mental illness affects 6 percent of the population, or 1 in 17 adults. What does it mean to pastor people through this challenging, often highly stigmatized, disease?

This 22-page resource offers wisdom from those who have walked the path and tips on how to minister to the mentally ill.

Table of Contents:

Destigmatizing Mental Illness
How does your church think about and minister to those suffering from mental illness?
Amy Simpson

Creating a Culture of Openness
Ways your church can help the mentally ill.
Amy Simpson

Members on Meds (free sample)
Pastoring people on medication for mental illness.
Elliott Anderson

Probing Questions
Necessary questions to ask when counseling someone with mental illness.
Elliott Anderson

Bipolar Priest
Reflections on mental illness from a pastor who lives it.
Jerry DiSpigno

Principles of Ministry to the Depressed
Serve the depressed by following these strategies and knowing your limitations.
Rod J.K. Wilson

Visitation Checklist
How to conduct a visit that helps and encourages.
Katherine Greene-McCreight

Making Effective Referrals
Answering three common questions.
Randy Christian

When to Refer
A checklist for what situations require referral.
Roger Heuser and Samuel Southard

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