Faith and Mental Health

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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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