For many years, there have been different stigmas and connotations associated with mental health. This world can be a hard and stressful place to live and it’s important to acknowledge that mental health difficulties are real and prevalent. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or something else, the National Health Institute reminds us that symptoms can be exhibited in many ways so it’s important to be mindful of how people in our community are doing. It affects our daily lives and inhibits our moods, work, and relationships. One of the biggest ways to love people that struggle with mental health challenges is by being present and providing them with support.
Most small groups need assistance to serve individuals and families struggling with mental health difficulties. Many people with mental health diagnoses can participate in routine Vineyard community life. However, when a crisis occurs or when the situation begins to consume group life, it’s time to get additional support.
Below are two documents with information and resources to support you as you care for people with mental health concerns.