By On May 12th, 2017

Family : Faith & Spirituality Awareness

Author: Rev Lydia D’Ross, Brookhaven Hospital, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain

Some individuals and families turn to faith or spiritual care in times of crisis to help in their recovery, while others find that spiritual practices help them continue to help manage their families or their own mental health.

“Mental illness is not the result of bad parenting” says the American Psychological Association, but it does present numerous challenges.

According to Change Direction, “18% of Americans have a mental health condition… 60 billion dollars spent in one year on mental health… and that 90% of those who committed suicide had a mental disorder ” of some sort.

Harriet Lefley, Ph.D and Barry Jacobs, director of behavioral sciences at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program, Springfield, PA and author of The Emotional Survivor Guide for Caregivers gives 5 tips to help a love one who is suffering from mental illness. They are:

  1. Education: Educate and research about your loved one’s diagnosis concerning treatment, and recovery options.
  2. Seek out resources. Ask your provider questions and how you can be a support or receive support. There are so many available resources through internet and library access as well as spiritual supports.
  3. Have realistic expectations. At first, it will be a bit of challenge. We all want our love ones to receive the best care. Patience and encouragement will need to be one of the foundation principles for continuity of care.
  4. Reach out for support. Do not be afraid or feel ashamed to ask your pastor for help. Most churches now have support groups being held somewhere in your community.
  5. Work closely with your loved one’s treatment team: Stay connected. Call for help in times of emotional crisis. Community and hospital providers are here to help you.

Brookhaven Hospital Renewal Christian Care program is here to serve you, to help you recognize symptoms of behaviors that may be need to be address by professional counseling.

Next month Pastoral Community Leaders seminar, we are honored to have Mrs. Cathy Costello, widow of Honorable Mark Costello, who was tragically killed by their son who has been battling severe mental illness. She will be sharing her spiritual walk through the death of her husband and coping with her son being tried for murder.


Our next Pastoral Seminar will be May 11th, 2017. For more information on how to rsvp for the pastoral seminar, please go to our website www.renewalchristiancare.org or email BH Outreach Chaplain Lydia D’Ross at [email protected]

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