Mental illness is unique among other illnesses in that the treatment usually is dependent upon some type of human relationship. Persons seeking treatment will need to speak with a therapist, spiritual leader, and doctor about personal matters. Effective treatment for mental illness goes beyond the need for medication; it also includes addressing psychological issues, social networks and matters of faith and spirituality. Therefore, it is important that attention be paid to language and cultural issues that may enhance or hinder treatment. Mental illness is viewed differently in different cultures. Some cultures focus on the biology of illness; other cultures may believe that mental illness is the result of a lack of harmony with nature, separation from God, exposure to an evil spirit, punishment for past sins, etc. Knowledge of those beliefs will greatly improve the likelihood of effectively reaching out to those individuals who are from a different culture. (Welcomed and Valued- NCPD)
For a comprehensive collection of Faith Based supports for persons living with Mental Illness, please visit: http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/specific/mentalillness
For interfaith resources: https://www.canaccess.org/resources/topics/mental-health/
Archdiocese of Washington Department of Special Needs Ministry Resources:
The Upper Room PTSD Support Group
The Upper Room is a faith-based, peer support group for survivors of trauma. Meets at St. Patrick’s Parish Ctr (Rockville MD) final Wed each month at 730p.
Prayer and Support Group for those living with mental Illness- Contact Judy Barr- [email protected]
Mental Illness Outreach: Training of clergy, parish personnel, school personnel and others in how parishes can support the spiritual needs of persons with mental illness and their families