The new wave of evangelism and discipleship within churches are small groups. We see men’s and women’s small groups, small groups for young married couples, small groups going over specific books of the Bible, or based on location.

Interestingly, clinical mental health programs typically can have a strong focus and foundation in group as they offer a unique way for people to help connect and work on their mental health symptoms.

But are Christian mental health groups possible?

Christian Mental Health Groups

Not only are Christian mental health groups possible, you do not have to create your own. We want to share a couple of great group ideas, formal and informal, for you to utilize.

Formal Groups

These groups are Christian mental health groups not only tested, but designed with intentionality. These cost money to use the curriculum, but you also get a whole community with the organization. If you have the ability to do only one type of mental health group and have the interest, I would encourage you to invest in one of these groups first.

  • Fresh Hope – Peer run short and long term mental health groups for individuals with a mental health diagnosis and their spouse.
  • Grace Alliance Groups – Christian mental health groups designed to be in conjunction for participants with professional counseling.
  • Celebrate Recovery – A curriculum that talks about how to break the chains of addiction and move towards recovery.

Informal Groups

These groups are group ideas for you to consider running. There is typically no group structure to them, though you may go through a book. Instead, I encourage you to look at how the group can uniquely fit into your culture.

  • GriefShare – GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one.
  • REBOOT Combat Recovery – A faith-based trauma healing course designed for combat veterans and their families to address divorce rates, medication abuse, suicide, and PTSD.
  • Anxious for Nothing – A book by Max Lucado that looks at how to integrate one’s faith into stopping the impact of anxiety.
  • Divorce groups – For people who require recent or long term divorce care as peer support groups.
  • Widowers Group – For those who have lost a spouse, a peer support group can offer healing in a time of need as well as ability to connect with others who are grieving.

By no means is this an exhaustive list. Sound off in the comments on other mental health groups you have seen done well.

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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