Mental Health and Your Church: A Handbook for Biblical Care (A Ministry Guide to Mental Illness, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Addiction)

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Helping you and the whole church family understand, nurture, and support those with mental-health conditions.

Many people are struggling with mental-health conditions, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and life in our image-conscious culture. Statistics tell us that, worldwide, one in six of us will have experienced a mental-health struggle in the past week, and serious depression is the second-leading cause of disability (Mental Health Foundation).

That means there are brothers and sisters in our church families battling with thoughts, feelings, impulses, and even voices that distract, drag down, and nudge them towards despair. But when it comes to helping, it can be tricky to know where to begin, especially if we have very little knowledge of mental illnesses and are afraid of making things worse by saying and doing the wrong things.

This wise, compassionate, and practical book is written by Steve Midgley, psychiatrist and Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK, and Helen Thorne, Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK. It will help readers understand and respond with biblical wisdom to people who are struggling with their mental health.

While acknowledging the importance of liaising responsibly with medics and counsellors, this book focuses on equipping readers to play their part in making churches places where those who struggle with mental-health conditions are welcomed, understood, nurtured, and supported: a foretaste of the new creation.

This is a useful book for anyone who cares for others pastorally: pastors, elders, small-group leaders, and congregation members.


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Dr. Steve Midgley

Steve Midgley is executive director of Biblical Counselling UK and a senior minister at Christ Church, Cambridge. Steve is a conference speaker, a board member for the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, and a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He and his wife, Beth, have three adult children.

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Helen Thorne

Helen Thorne is Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK. She formerly worked with the London City Mission and has written Hope in an Anxious World, Purity is Possible, Walking with Domestic Abuse Suffers and 5 Things to Pray for Your City. She attends Dundonald Church in Raynes Park, London.

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Jonathan Holmes, Pastor of Counseling at Parkside Church and Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling

“This book brims with a helpful distillation of mental health—terms, definitions, explanations—while also presenting the beauty and depth of the gospel. Readers will be educated, encouraged, equipped, and edified for the privilege of caring for souls.”

Dr. Rob Waller FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS; Founding Director of The Mind and Soul Foundation

“Knowing enough to help is really helpful. The church has a key role in supporting and welcoming people with mental health difficulties. … This book delivers just the right amount and then wraps it in a Biblical model to integrate this with our faith and see real change.”

Christopher Ash, Writer in Residence, Tyndale House, Cambridge

“I am so grateful for this outstanding and timely book. Every church will benefit from reading it in book groups, as individuals, and in pastoral teams. The writing is warm, soaked in grace and informed by years of caring, listening, and loving.”

Adrian Reynolds, Head of National Ministries, FIEC

“I wish I had this help thirty years ago; I’m glad I have it now. It’s easy to read, insightful in content and thoughtful in application.”

Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Good Book Company (March 1, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1784987786
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1784987787
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.6 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches

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