Our presbytery's Comfort My People: Mental Health in Healthy Congregations program is part of the Presbyterian Mental Health Initiative. This week, study results were released which identified the barriers in the Presbyterian church's response to mental health ministry.
According to the Presbyterian Mission Agency's news article,
“The purpose of the study was to get an overall picture of mental health ministry across the PC(USA) at this point in time,” said Donna Miller, Associate for Mental Health Ministry. “The study helped clarify that churches are often in the role of ‘first responders,’ but many don’t feel equipped to respond when someone is struggling with mental health. The study also showed the need to address stigma and make churches safe places to talk about mental health struggles.”
This echoes what we are hearing as we work with our local churches. Read the full article by clicking on the link below.
Based on this information, we will continue to work together with you as we break the silence and stigma surrounding mental health issues in our community. Thank you for being part of this vital work. Let us know how we can help your congregation!