Mental health is a disease that has a silent and strong grasp on our culture. We don’t want to talk about it which is why we have to do events like May being Mental Health Awareness Month. There is a renewal in pop culture on removing the stigma, yet the church has more it could do.

As a Christian with mental health, it can be isolating and frustrating. Whether you are a missionary with depression, a pastor with bipolar, or someone wanting to attend church with social anxiety or ADHD, there are many barriers to attending Christian events and developing your own spiritual formation.

Below is the story of Brad Hoefs and his interaction of having mental health as a pastor, the impact of a very public manic episode and the church’s negative response, as well as restoration and healing. I want to help you acknowledge, you are not alone and you matter.

I want to give a couple of plugs for FreshHope. First of all, they are known for their Christian groups that are unique to FreshHope. They are designed only for those who have or have had a clinical mental health diagnosis as well as their loved ones.

Secondly, we talk about church and mental health a lot on here. Brad has a lot of great webinars already that you can watch On Demand. I’d encourage you to check it out and if you are not in leadership, to share it with your church.

Finally, I reference a missionary with depression and linked to TheHappyGivers website. Their ministry is to manage and assist a children’s home in Peru, disaster relief in Puerto Rico and an assistance fund for adoptive families in East Africa. They sell great looking products if you are looking to support a good cause.

Published by Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is the Co-Occurring Program Coordinator and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at a community mental health center. Jeremy has a history of working as a ministry director for Youth for Christ for 8 years and then working as a mental health and substance use adult counselor in Colorado and Ohio, specifically running an Opioid Residential Treatment Center.

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