How Can Family Ministry Help Families Dealing With Mental Illness
Mental health doesn’t affect anyone in isolation. It is easy to see how a single person struggling with mental health issues impact the lives of everyone around them and vice-versa. As they say, “no man is an island.” But when mental illness exists within a family, it can have an immense impact on the family unit and add even more stress to the pressures modern families already deal with.
A mental health professional should be prepared to address these issues, and Christian counselors are in a special position to be able to help families dealing with the stress of mental illness. Churches are also able to help support the family through the pressures of mental health issues, but it requires careful attention. If approached wrongly, trying to assist a family already under the stresses of mental health issues can make the situation much worse.
To help those struggling and those trying to assist struggling families, Elias Moitinho, Ph.D., published a guide for how family ministry can help families under excessive pressures, especially those of mental health. If you feel like your family is straining under the weight of depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, or you know someone who appears to need support, Moitinho’s guide may be able to offer the help you need.