Welcoming faith-sensitive mental health care: An op ed


In June, one national study indicated that 40% of Americans admitted to currently struggling with a mental health condition or addiction. Where will people turn? Many people of faith turn to their church leaders. Others turn to mental health care providers.

In either case, people of faith would like help. They want their clergy to be competent to understand the complex experiences they are having. They want their therapists to respect and even engage their faith questions. While we are doing better training both clergy and therapists, we still have a ways to go.

Here’s an op-ed I wrote and published today discussing our need to improve faith-sensitive mental health care. Take a look. How can we take the next step in improving the care that people of faith are seeking?

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3 responses to “Welcoming faith-sensitive mental health care: An op ed

  1. Thank you for this. I’m sorry for the few negative comments you’ve gotten. I’m really glad the Gazette published your article. I think there is also still a problem with churches integrating and supporting mental health care. For those within the church, counseling is discipline on steroids, and it is a great way to provide a needed resource as outreach to our communities. Thanks for speaking up.

  2. Not discipline! Discipleship! 🤣

  3. Phil Terrific and well-articulated. thank you! Stacey

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