Faith, Hope and Recovery provides faith based support for good mental health.
In the beginning, it is important to recognize mental illness as the invisible epidemic that it is. One in five people has a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. The same statistic applies to faith communities and to faith leaders.
Faith Leaders are often the first person someone with mental illness turns to, so educating faith leaders to recognize mental illness is the first step in providing compassionate care.
The long term goal is to address the pain and suffering mental illness causes and create responsive, compassionate, caring communities. Creating a mental health team or ministry is key to addressing mental health challenges.
The first step is to understand what the needs and hopes of the community are.
Then a plan can be developed.
These are the steps to create informed, caring, compassionate communities:
- Awareness building
People of faith can learn new skills and save lives. Faith communities can support people with mental illness as they move towards healing and wholeness.
Some churches wait til there’s a suicide before they take action. I pray that doesn’t happen here.
A pastor in Chicago