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.