"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.
NOTE: You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource to be distributed in a church or educational setting."
This Resource contains all of the following:
Destigmatizing Mental Illness
How does your church think about and minister to those suffering from mental illness?
Creating a Culture of Opennness
Ways your church can help the mentally ill.
Necessary questions to ask when counseling someone with mental illness.
Reflections on mental illness from a pastor who lives it.
Principles of Ministry to the Depressed
Serve the depressed by following these strategies and knowing your limitations.
How to conduct a visit that helps and encourages.
Making Effective Referrals
Answering three common questions.
When to Refer
A checklist for what situations require referral.