Promoting Mental Health and Recovery
Research has shown that individuals in psychological distress are more likely to go to a clergy member or ministry staff person before any other professional group. The church has a significant role to play in the lives of those struggling with addiction and mental health problems. Studies have shown that religious support offers resources to psychologically distressed individuals that are unavailable from general social support. Religious support is vital to recovery and wholeness. The aim of the Promoting Mental Health and Recovery initiative is to build bridges between the mental health and faith communities while equipping the church to effectively serve and support individuals in psychological distress.
At the Hope and Healing Institute promoting mental health and recovery is our CEO Matthew S. Stanford’s interest and longtime research focus.