Faith and Mental Health

Just as Jesus healed people struggling with mental, emotional and physical ailments, United Methodists reach out to their sisters and brothers who seek healing. Read stories of individuals and congregations tackling the challenges of mental health through a variety of ministries. Find resources for ministering to persons with mental illness and their families, and ideas for creating caring environments within your faith community.

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Church Leadership
The Rev. Angela Cooley Bulhof hugs Caton Darling during a visit to his home in Lake Charles, La., to check on the progress of repairs following Hurricane Laura in 2020. Bulhof, pastor of University United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, says Louisiana has been pounded by seven hurricanes and two tropical storms since August 2020. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

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Faith Stories
The Rev. Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, is sharing lessons she learned from her experience with major depression. She’s written a book, given workshops and done a TED Talk. Rasmus’ five-hour “Learning to Be: Immersive” event, to be held in person and online, will occur Nov. 20. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Juanita Rasmus.

Pastor found 'treasures' in depression battle

The Rev. Juanita Rasmus of Houston will offer a five-hour “Learning to Be: Immersive” workshop, drawing on insights she gained in coming back from major depression.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Dr. Ron Bell. Photo courtesy of the author.

‘I wasn’t breathing’: Tragedy leads to trauma ministry, book

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