PASTORAL CARE LINE: 844-4PASTOR

MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE CHURCH

At Focus on the Family our Thriving Pastor ministry exists to equip church leaders for success with broken and hurting families in your church and community. As the subject of mental health and mental illness are repeatedly in the media headlines and being discussed more openly in Christian and secular arenas, we hope that our newly forged partnership with LifeWay Research will shed some much needed light on the challenges we need to face together to help families thrive.

Focus on the Family, working with LifeWay Research, conducted a Study of Acute Mental Illness and Christian Faith. The objectives of the research were to 1) equip family members and church leaders care for those suffering from mental illness 2) help family members and church leaders discern the spiritual state of loved ones suffer from mental illness.

To download the full Lifeway Research study, go to http://www.lifewayresearch.com/mentalillnessstudy

 


FREE PASTOR’S GUIDE

Serving Those With Mental Illness
This short e-book provides a summary of the latest research findings from LifeWay Research on mental health & the church, along with helpful articles, brief medical overviews for acute mental illness and recommended resources.

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RECOMMENDED RESOURCES


MINISTRY HELP

Embracing Family
 
 
- Focus on the Family
- Pastoral Care Line / Consultation:
  844-4PASTOR
- Counseling Line:
  855-771-HELP
- Counseling Referral Network
  (counselors in your local area)
- The Mental Health Grace Alliance
- Fresh Hope
- Depression Outreach

 
 
E-BOOKS

Mental Illness

MENTAL ILLNESS | BUILDING CHURCH LEADERS
Designed to help you prepare to minister to those suffering from mental illness in your church, this 22-page resource offers wisdom from those who have walked the path and tips on how to minister to the mentally ill.

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First Steps

FIRST STEPS | THE GRACE ALLIANCE
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE IS DIAGNOSED WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS

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Daily Steps

DAILY STEPS | THE GRACE ALLIANCE
DEVELOPING A HOLISTIC MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR YOUR LOVED ONE

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Difficult Steps

DIFFICULT STEPS | THE GRACE ALLIANCE
NAVIGATING DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS AND LEGAL ISSUES WITH A MENTALLY ILL LOVED ONE

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ACADEMIC

Therapeutic Expedition
THERAPEUTIC EXPEDITION
EQUIPPING THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR FOR THE JOURNEY
by John C. Thomas and Lisa Sosin
Counseling the Hard Cases
COUNSELING THE HARD CASES
TRUE STORIES ILLUSTRATING THE SUFFICIENCY OF GOD’S RESOURCES IN SCRIPTURE
by Stuart Scott
BRIEF OVERVIEWS

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BIPOLAR DISORDER
by Donald Graber, M.D.
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ANXIETY DISORDERS
by Donald Graber, M.D.
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DEPRESSION:
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
by Donald Graber, M.D.
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SCHICHIZOPHRENIA:
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
by Donald Graber, M.D.

 
 
BIBLE STUDIES

The Search For Significance
THE SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE – WORKBOOK
BUILD YOUR SELF-WORTH ON GOD’S TRUTH
by Robert S. McGee
Beyond The Shadows
BEYOND THE SHADOWS:
DISCOVER HOPE FOR OVERCOMING DEPRESSION
by Ramon Presson
Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness
MINISTRY IN THE FACE OF MENTAL ILLNESS
LEADER GUIDE and PERSONAL STUDY GUIDE
by Dr. Frank Page

 
 
BOOKS

Troubled Minds
TROUBLED MINDS
by Amy Simpson

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Grace For The Afflicted
GRACE FOR THE AFFLICTED
by Matthew Stanford

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Christian Mindful Manners
CHRISTIAN MINDFUL MANNERS:
HOW THE CHURCH MUST ACT CONCERNING
MENTAL ILLNESS

by Marvis Williams

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Leading A Special Needs Ministry
LEADING A SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY
by Amy Fenton

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A Trusted Friend
A TRUSTED FRIEND:
WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
by Timothy Clinton and Pat Springle

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MEDIA

Keeping Your Spirits Up

PASTOR TO PASTOR®:
KEEPING YOUR SPIRITS UP
Depression can be a delicate topic of conversation—especially with pastors—and has many misconceptions and stigmas attached to it. Do you believe that strong Christians can be clinically depressed? Is it something you can just “snap” out of? Join H.B. London Jr. and his guests: Tommy Nelson, Elaine Eng, and Phil Swihart as they bring understanding to the subject of depression, and discuss some of the common symptoms and practical helps to keeping your spirits up.

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Suffering

PASTOR TO PASTOR®:
SUFFERING
Sometimes life just seems so unfair. Why does God allow good people to suffer? How can we remain strong—for our own sake and that of our families and congregations—while in the midst of tribulation? Join H.B. London Jr. and his guests: Philip Yancey, Warren McWilliams and Lon Adams as they delve into the topic of suffering.

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Suffering

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY DAILY BROADCAST
How Mental Illness Impacts Families
Our guests take a compassionate and knowledgeable approach to the topic of mental illness, discussing its medical, psychological and spiritual aspects as well as the challenges it poses for families.

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ARTICLES

Depressed Woman

DEPRESSION AND BLACK DOG BELIEFS
WHAT WE THINK MATTERS
Yes, clinical depression is a serious medical condition. But what we believe also has a big role to play.

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Man Standing By Lake Covered With Fog

WHAT EVERY PASTOR NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS
God designed a pretty amazing engine called a brain to drive the soul. But sometimes, our engine needs a tune-up.

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Sad Man Sitting Head In Hands On His Bed

MENTAL ILLNESS & MEDICATION VS. SPIRITUAL STRUGGLES & BIBLICAL COUNSELING
People are crying out for help, and we cannot afford to be ignorant or afraid. Christians have to break the stigma and the shame of mental illness.

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Depressed Woman

MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE CHURCH
Some helpful honesty from Christian leaders you may know.

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Depression

MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE CHURCH
How many lives will be lost before we change?

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Woman Praying In The Church

RESOURCE LIST: MENTAL HEALTH
Recommended resources and referrals covering various aspects of mental health.

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