• Studies have found that clergy and not psychologists or other mental health experts, are the most common source of help sought in times of psychological distress.
  • More than 1/3 of patients in a recent Baylor study were told by their pastor that they or their loved one did not really have a mental illness. The problem was solely "spiritual in nature," they were told. The results, based on surverys of 293 individuals, were published in the journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture.
  • "Forty percent of people who experience mental illness first contact their clergy. The statistics show that one in every eight families is affected by mental illness. That means in a parish of 800 families, 100 have a need." Claretian Publications

 

As an ordained minister and a clinical psychologist, I often receive messages from pastors, and church leaders asking for guidance in dealing with issues related to mental illnes, especially when a member is talking about committing suicide. I would be interested in knowing what specific challenges as ministers you face in helping someone with a mental illness and what advice do you offer?

 

May God bless you for all that you do for the Kingdom of God.

 

Rev. Dr. Tracy Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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