Preaching and Mental Illness
Congregations too often hear little or nothing from their preachers about mental illness; or, worse, they hear things concerning mental illness that do more harm than good. One in four people in our population struggle with mental illness; 25% of a congregation must strive to live with an illness that creates stigma in our society. The percentage of those affected by mental illness rises exponentially when we include the parents, significant others, children, friends and co-workers of those who have a mental illness. We are in denial if we imagine the statistics in the general population are not represented as well in our congregations. If preaching is to be relevant to the full depth of the human condition as experienced in our day, sermons must deal with mental illness and mental health.
Mental Health America of Kentucky has several resources for use within congregations. If you are interested in creating a mental health ministry within your congregation, reserving a speaker, or any of our other resources, please contact Bonnie Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-684-7777.
Psychiatric Advance Directives: Taking Care of Yourself
What are the benefits of having an advance directive?
A psychiatric advance directive can:
- Promote your autonomy and empowerment;
- Enhance communications between you, your doctor, treatment team and family;
- Protect you from ineffective, unwanted or possibly harmful treatment or actions;
- Help prevent crisis situations and reduce the use of involuntary treatment or safety interventions, such as restraint or seclusion.