Good spiritual health and good mental health are interconnected
Increasingly, churches are becoming aware of the fact that good spiritual health and good mental health are interconnected. This is why many churches house support groups led by trained facilitators to create an environment of encouragement and ongoing strength for those who have struggled with issues like depression, substance abuse, and other life hang-ups. One church that has facilitated such a support group is Crossings Community Church of Oklahoma City. Crossing’s support group has a weekly attendance of approximately three hundred individuals who believe that one cannot “…separate mental health from faith.” The following is an interview excerpt composed of some of the staff of Crossing Community Church, Teresa Peden: pastoral associate, Deidre Franklin: pastor of spiritual formation, and Tara Hardy: director of athletics, facilitated by Bryan Painter, staff writer for The Oklahoman:
Q: Do we often underestimate the impact of good mental health? In other words is our definition of good mental health sometimes too narrow? Does it have a bearing on much more than we think?
A: Peden: Taking care of the mind, body, and spiritual health helps individuals and families live a better quality life. An estimated one in five families in America are affected by mental illness. It is very important for struggling individuals, couples or families to reach out for help. That’s why we believe in teaching children how to have good mental health early so they know it’s OK to get help. This helps remove the common stigma about counseling that keeps people from getting the help they need.
• The consequences of the lack of good mental health include unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, suicide, and wasted lives. Depression, for people ages 5 and older, is the leading cause of disability worldwide. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the cost of untreated mental illness is over $100 billion dollars in the United States yearly.
• Oklahoma has the highest rate of incarcerated women in the nation, many of whom are diagnosed with mental illness. Crossings members are working on a faith-based transitional living opportunity for women released from prison.
• 70 to 90 percent of individuals who receive treatment have a significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life, with a combination of psychosocial treatment, support, and pharmacological intervention. Research proves that therapy and support are very important in the healing process.
Brookhaven’s Minister’s Lifeline Seminar Series invites you to attend:
The Church’s Role in Recovery
presented by Pastor Roger Nix, Believer’s Church, Tulsa, OK
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, church endorsed support group whose
goal is “freedom from hurts, hang-ups and habits.” Groups, like celebrate
recovery provide a much needed forum for individuals within the walls of the
church, as well as church guests, to open-up about life-issues and find ongoing
encouragement and resources for recovery. Join us as Roger Nix, Pastor of
Believer’s Church, Tulsa, OK, discusses the Celebrate Recovery 12-step model as
well as the power of the healing community and why it is a critical component
for emotional and spiritual restoration.
DATE August 28th 2008
TIME 1145- 100pm
PLACE 201 S. Garnett Road
RSVP 1 888 298 HOPE (4673)
COST Free! (lunch provided / Catered by Zio’s Italian Kitchen)