Are your spiritual or religious beliefs hindering your mental well-being? For some, there seems to be a dichotomy between mental wellness and religion. “Prayer changes everything.” “Mental illness manifests because of sin.” These prophecies will only further compound and complicate the real struggles that those whom live with mental health challenges experience. Mental health challenges are just as real as physical health challenges.
Faith Without Works is Dead.
Churches and other places of worship should take a more prominent role in the discussion, advocacy, and action as it pertains to dismantling the mental health stigma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 4 Americans experience a mental illness. Thus, in any given congregation, you will have many that have experienced a mental health challenge.
A Candid Conversation
I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic “Faith and Mental Health” at Mt.Pisgah I.M.C. in Clyo, GA. Our candid conversation included a discussion of what mental health challenges are, what mental health challenges look like, and triggers of mental health challenges.
Are you ready to commence the conversation on role of faith and the church in addressing mental health challenges?
7 Tips to Improve Your Faith and Mental Health
- Keep God first.
- Forgive yourself.
- Seek professional help.
- Make the decision to be happy.
- Engage in self-care.
- Never give up.
- Turn your pain into purpose.
As a psychotherapist, I understand the many challenges those experiencing a mental illness encounter including shame, a lack of support, and denial. You are not alone.
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