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HOW THE CHURCH HANDLES MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

One in every five persons you know, is suffering from mental illness, and you might not be aware of this. Only few people have not been indirectly or directly affected by mental health problems.

In the world today, there is a growing global health movement, and the church worldwide is starting to recognize these mental health problems, which are among the top causes of disability in the world.

Usually, mental health problems are as a result of the combination of a good number of factors like family environment, personality, spirituality, biology, and a host of others.

It is expected that, church leaders should not compulsorily be experts in psychological functioning, but it is needed that they have a fundamental knowledge on how to give support to people who are struggling in the church.

To begin with, the church is expected not to judge anyone who has mental health problem. It is best to pray for the person instead of passing judgment, this would result to worsening the case of the individual.

One measure which church leaders can try out when it comes to handling mental health problems, is to listen more and talk less.

Also, church leaders are expected to do more research on mental health problems. There could be a good number of people who are struggling with mental illness, that they are not aware of.

However, if they have a good idea on how it works, they would be able to spot some of them with these issues. There are good resources like books and the internet which has to do with mental illness.

Since church leaders are not expected to treat a mental health problem case fully, it is best to refer such cases to professional therapists. Church leaders should show ample care and support to people suffering from all forms of mental health problems.

It is also up to church leaders to stop the stigma in churches. Mental health problems are not a bad thing; it just signifies that the individual needs help to become psychologically balanced.

THE RELEVANCE OF THE CHURCH TO THE SOCIETY

As each generation of the church comes and goes, there has always been a need for the Christians to ensure that there is a balance of relationship between the society and the church. The society is a dynamic phenomenon, as it changes over time, and the church too follows in a similar pattern.

Several years ago when the church was established, it had lots of functional roles to play. Even till now, those roles are still being carried out, but then overtime it has gotten overlooked. The Church Needs to regain a focus on helping those struggling with mental health, such as treatment for Depression.

First off, having a church in the society, ensures that economic benefits are on the increase. Having churches in the community makes sure that more employment opportunities are available, based on their patronage. Where a church is located has a determining factor on where families would settle down, and you can be sure that when this happens, the economy of that particular community would get better.

Also, the church assists the society by ensuring that there are social benefits. They help the poor to feed, they are clothed and sheltered as well. The church also plays a quintessential role in helping those who are vulnerable. Families who are going through serious crisis, are assisted by the church in any possible way. The church ensures that crime rate is on the decline, by promoting basic moral and spiritual values.

It would also interest you to know that, more charitable opportunities would spring up because of the presence of the church. A good number of these opportunities are usually without any cost attached.

In addition to this, the church in a society ensures that more education and civic opportunities are provided. School enrollment would be at an “almost-free” cost, and with this, you can be sure that people who cannot afford to send their children to school, would be able to do so.

Furthermore, the church also assists in reducing the rate of addiction in the society. The church ensures that alcohol, drugs and other forms of addiction, are on the decline. These positive impacts which the church has on the society are essential, and they are responsible for stability in the community.