According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one out of every five adults in the US experience a mental illness each year.¹ As we think of the millions of people that statistic represents, consider that each of those persons is part of a family. There are family members who love and care for those with mental health challenges. When we think of the families of people with mental health challenges, the impact of these challenges widens greatly.
As the church, we can walk alongside families as they support a family member who has mental health challenges. Consider these ways of providing support and assistance to families.
- Pray for families as they support a loved one who has mental health challenges.
- Pray that families will seek help from mental health professionals.
- Pray for families to know that God is with them as they support their loved one emotionally, financially, and in daily caregiving.
- Pray for pastors, medical personnel, counselors, and other mental health professionals as they serve to help families.
- Think of practical ways you can provide support to families such as taking them a meal, making a grocery store run for them, or taking them to an appointment.
- Listen and respond to family members with compassion and grace.
by Joye Smith
Disclaimer: The information shared on wmu.com is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition. We encourage you to follow up with your health-care provider and seek a mental health professional for individual consultation and care.