Do you feel equipped to serve those struggling with mental illness?

You, the Mental Health Gateway, and your faith community can make a difference. It’s as simple as knowing the 4Rs:

RECOGNIZE the signs of a mental illness

REFER those needing professional care

RELATE to those in distress

RESTORE lives through supportive community

 

Did you know?

Individuals struggling with mental health problems are more likely to go to a member of the clergy before a physician or mental health care provider and that;

  • 1 in 5 adult individuals in the United States is struggling with a mental illness.
  • 60% of adults and almost 50% of children/adolescents receive no mental health services.
  • There are 10 times as many mentally ill persons in our jails and prisons as in state hospitals.
  • 30% of the homeless struggle with a mental illness; which is 5 times the normal rate.


Helping you, help others – that is our mission at the Mental Health Gateway. As clergy you are likely often asked to provide spiritual support and comfort to individuals in difficult, even overwhelming circumstances. This website is a resource for clergy designed to provide you with the information, tools and training needed to effectively assist individuals with mental health difficulties such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and depressive disorders who may seek your support.

  • Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals with Anxiety Disorders that are seeking your aid.


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  • Depressive Disorders

    Depressive Disorders

    A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals dealing with a Depressive Disorder that are seeking your aid.

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  • Bipolar Disorders

    Bipolar Disorders

    The bipolar disorders, formerly known as manic depression, are characterized by cycling mood changes. The affected individual alternates between severe highs and severe lows, often with periods of normal mood in between. The mood changes can be rapid but most often occur gradually. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals dealing with a Bipolar Disorder that are seeking your aid.
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  • Borderline Personality Disorders

    Borderline Personality Disorders

    Borderline Personality disorders are characterized by a long-lasting, rigid pattern of maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals dealing with a Borderline Personality Disorder that are seeking your aid.

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  • Eating Disorders

    Eating Disorders

    The signs and symptoms of eating disorders vary with the specific disorder and its stage of progression. The most common eating disorders have different symptoms, but share a set of common characteristics. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals dealing with an Eating Disorder that are seeking your aid.
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  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

    The Obsessive Compulsive Disorders are characterized by recurrent thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions) that people feel they cannot control. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals dealing with an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that are seeking your aid.

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  • Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders

    Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders

    The trauma- and stressor-related disorders are serious psychological reactions that develop in some individuals following exposure to a traumatic or stressful event such as childhood neglect, childhood physical / sexual abuse, combat, physical assault, sexual assault, natural disaster, an accident or torture. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals dealing with a Trauma or Stress Disorder that are seeking your aid.
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  • Substance Use Disorders

    Substance Use Disorders

    Substance dependence is characterized by a repeated pattern of substance abuse that can result in tolerance, withdrawal, and compulsive drug-taking behaviors. Dependence is what most people are referring to when they use the term addiction. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals dealing with a Substance Use Disorder that are seeking your aid.


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  • Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

    Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

    Schizophrenia a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation. Learn more about how to recognize and help those individuals dealing with a Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder that are seeking your aid.
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  • Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

    Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

    AD/HD is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Inattention manifest behaviorally in AD/HD as wandering off task, lacking persistence, having difficulty sustaining focus and being disorganized and is not due to defiance or lack of comprehension. Hyperactivity refers to excessive motor activity when it is not appropriate or excessive fidgeting, tapping or talkativeness.
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  • Dementia

    Dementia

    Dementia is a general term used for a decline in cognitive functioning severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is not a disease itself; instead, it is a group of symptoms caused by other conditions that have damaged an individual’s brain. The characteristic symptoms of dementia include memory loss, communication difficulties, confusion, changes in mood and apathy.
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