One in five of us in any given year suffers from depression, anxiety, or some other mental health disorder. That means, in each of our families, we all care for someone who faces this pain. The problem doesn’t go away just because we have faith.
While it can’t take the place of medical professionals, the church can offer something unique, and that is hope. There is hope in knowing that you are not alone, you are valued, and you are loved.
The role of the our ministry:
Through the sharing of information and statistics, we hope to raise awareness of mental health issues. Click for statistics.
Remove the stigma.
Mental illness is just that – an illness. We hope to reduce the stigma about mental illness by having open and honest dialogue about mental health and by offering education and training. Your response can make all the difference. Click for training opportunities.
We want to collaborate with the community so that we can point you to helpful resources when you need them. Click for community resources.
God calls us into lives of meaning and purpose and joy. There is hope in knowing that God has a plan for you and you are not alone. Click for the HOPE video and audio library.
We pray that you will find what you need here — the friendship, the love, the removal of stigma, the practical help, the hope that you need.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Not sure who to talk to or where to look for help?
A Trained Professional will reply within 48 hours and will help connect you to counselors & services.
Mental health issues affect one in five American adults in any given year, yet so few of us have a good understanding of mental health. These courses, led by a mental health professional, will give you an overview of mental health conditions so that you can recognize the symptoms, learn about treatment options, and challenge some of the stereotypes that often hinder help. Your response can make all the difference.
There is HOPE for mental health:
Help remove the stigma
Outline common conditions
Promote open communication
Email us below if you would like to bring this training to your next event or meeting.
Mental Health First Aid Course
8 Hours (CEUs available)Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. For more information on the Mental Health First Aid course, click here.
Chapel Night is a time for Purposeful Silence, Reflection and Intentional Prayer. On the First Monday of every month, the Sanctuary will be open from 5pm to 8pm for a chapel-like experience. This is an opportunity to have a new experience at Good Shepherd, for you to know there is a designated place and time that you can be alone with God and connect through prayer and personal reflection without being guided or prompted.
The idea for Chapel Night grew from Good Shepherd’s first Core Value, “Prayer is Intentional”. First Monday signifies the first day of the week and the first week of the month. With intended simplicity, you will find the Sanctuary lights dim and there will be no music or message. Candles and Prayer Cards will be available as an interactive prayer aspect of the night. Light a candle for yourself or a loved one. Write a prayer request or praise and it will be lifted up and prayed over. This is an invitation for ALL, to come as you are, stay as long as you like, and be still in God’s presence.