Preaching and Mental Illness

White Paper on Preaching & 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 bcook@mhaky.org or call 859-684-7777.

Psychiatric Advance Directives: Taking Care of Yourself

An advance directive is a written document that expresses your wishes in advance about what types of treatments, services and other assistance you want during a personal mental health crisis. A directive provides a clear statement of your medical treatment preferences and other wishes or instructions. You can also use it to grant legal decision-making authority to another person to be your advocate and agent until the crisis is over.

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.

Visit MHA’s website for more information – Psychiatric Advance Directives: Taking Care of Yourself

Destination: Recovery

If you live with mental illness, you may be struggling to find treatment, manage your medication and cope with life’s challenges effectively. There is ample cause for hope. You are not alone, help is available, mental health conditions are treatable, and you can take practical steps to recover your life. Here you’ll find interactive tools and resources to help you better understand your treatment options, work closely with your health care provider, learn about the supports available to you, and start on your recovery journey.

Road to RecoveryUse the Dialogue for Recovery tools to open up communication with your provider. Educate yourself about treatment options, paying for care, and getting the most from your treatment. Get practical advice on handling many challenges you might be facing, like finding the right medication, securing housing, pursuing education and work, and managing money. On this site, you will find information about how to start and maintain your recovery and live your richest, fullest life. Friends and loved ones will also find information here about how best to support you in your journey to recovery and wellness.