Stress is annoying. We see it in teenagers needing to take the ACT, in young adults trying to raise children, in older adults with helping their parents who are getting older. It’s in the big things like taxes and moving, but also the little day to day issues of “do I have enough gas to get to work?,” “who is staring at me?,” and “did I leave the curling iron on at home?” But this is not just an emotional issue, it affects your brain and therefore your whole body. So, what do we know about how stress affects your brain?[Read more…] about How Stress Affects Your Brain [Video]
Everyone has heard the quote “work smarter, not harder.” I’d use the phrase all the time when I was in full-time ministry and in my teenage years, mostly to justify why I didn’t want to do physical labor and instead be lazy. The problem with this is many times our version of smarter only takes into account the outcome and we are actually working harder to be smarter, but still working way too hard. Here are a couple examples.[Read more…] about Work Smarter, Not Harder
At the end of last month, we told you we were going to have a new website design and we delivered. The hope is that 2020 we begin to expand what ChurchAndMentalHealth.com is able to offer. The focus is still to unite the Church and mental health, now with more resources. The next step is finally here and comes with our new shop being live![Read more…] about Our New Shop Is Live!
The book It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way is written by Lysa TerKeurst as well as president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, a ministry I love and believe you should check out if you haven’t before. This book looks at her life in the midst of heartache and looking to where God is in her life. For Lysa, she sees how her life has shattered, but in so doing, she may not have to suffer but be transformed.[Read more…] about It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way [Book Review]
This week, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on the topic of domestic violence and mental health to a women’s domestic violence shelter for the staff. The hope of the presentation from the shelter was to better educate staff on how the two are linked as well as give a laymen’s understanding of what mental illness disorders there are and the impact it can have on domestic violence victims.
I wanted to share some of the statistics and information I found in this presentation.[Read more…] about Domestic Violence and Mental Health
Trigger warning: This video does talk about suicidal thoughts. If you have any concerns for yourself, please seek help and talk to a professional about these feelings. If you or someone you love has suicidal thoughts and need to talk, please contact Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
What is it like to be in the foster care system? What happens when a person does not have a home? How does a kid get to a place where they honestly think about killing themselves?
Josh Shipp talks about how you as an individual in a youth’s life and make a difference. And you shouldn’t wait till they are an adult, start now.[Read more…] about Every Moment Counts [Video]
Happy New Year everyone. It’s a season of new and exciting possibilities for you, your ministry, your team, and your community. What will the year hold, what will you do with the opportunities you are given, and how will you take on every week? One way to make the most of a new year with your resolutions and goals is to identify training and conferences you could attend to network and learn how your team and ministry can make an impact for the Gospel to all people, including those with disabilities and mental illness.[Read more…] about Disability Ministry Conferences
Trevor Noah is a comedy who took over the Daily Show, an American late-night talk and news satire television program which as through it’s legacy, not shied away from controversial topics that may not be funny.
One recent topic shared, passed along to us by our friend Blessing over at ChurchMag, talks about cultural sensitivity within counseling and how mental health stigma has caused serious issues for the black community with mental health. This call is not only needed, but churches and counseling agencies need to figure out how to respond. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the video and what could be done in the comments below.[Read more…] about Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community
Merry Christmas. We hope that this holiday season has been one of joy and hope. For those personally who have struggled with mental illness over this holiday, we hope you were able to not only manage your symptoms but found restoration and healing as well. As we enter into the final days of the year, we look towards what is to come with excitement and interest in what the new year has to offer. We also are looking to see what yearly goals and plans we can accomplish.[Read more…] about 2020 Yearly Goals
We wanted to start out the new year right with a solid foot forward with our engagement with others. The first and easiest route is to create great social media contact that might be shared, so we decided to start here.
We also have a heart for the beatitudes and so making the first content we produce here based on these Scriptures was a must. So use the images below, share Jesus with people, and let us know what other Scripture you’d like to see in this style.[Read more…] about FREE Beatitude Social Media Images