May is National Mental Health Month 

“Faith Communities Can Be a Source of Support and Hope”

When we witness the pain and suffering of a brother or sister in our congregation, we want to help.  But many times we just don’t know what to do.  Often, people are reluctant to share their emotional distress or the struggles of family members suffering from mental disorders due to feelings of shame and embarrassment.  Unlike other organ systems of the body, brain disorders have historically carried a stigma.  But communities of faith can come together and create a culture of caring and support that fosters hope and healing.  After all, as a Rabbi, Jesus’ ministry was three-fold: preaching, teaching, and healing.  Here are a few suggestions that can help your faith community create a healing environment:
  • Address stress and mental health in worship and newsletters
  • Provide opportunity to re-evaluate the priorities in our lives
  • Be aware of signs and symptoms of persons who need support
  • Offer support groups or one-to-one mentors
  • Be knowledgeable of referral resources in your community
  • Provide opportunities to volunteer to help others
  • Use the rituals of your faith for comfort, strength, and hope
  • Invite a guest speaker/preacher knowledgeable about mental health issues
  • Do research, collect resources, and learn about mental health

 Websites for more resources on mental illness:

For additional information about wellness and mental health, or to schedule a speaker, contact Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center at 843-448-4820 or visit the website at:


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