Mental health is one of the most challenging issues facing our culture today. One in five adults suffers from mental illness, yet only half who suffer will ever seek treatment. As a culture, and even in the church in general, we have placed a stigma on mental and emotional health. Too many people are afraid to speak up.
The stats are alarming. The average time lapse between initial symptoms of mental illness and treatment is 11 years! Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among people ages 10-34 in the United States. The overall suicide rate has increased by 31% since 2001. The suicide rate among our veterans is twice as high as the general public. For every person suffering with their mental health, there are relationships that are affected. At least 8.4 million people in the US provide care for another adult with a mental or emotional health issue. These caregivers spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care.*
As your pastor, it breaks my heart that so many people suffer in silence. I want you to feel comfortable letting us know if you are struggling.
So what are we, the church, supposed to do?
We are going to focus on the issues of mental health. We are going to shine the heart of God through topics that may be difficult to talk about. If you or someone you know suffers with mental or emotional health, I believe you will be encouraged through the resources on this page. We will also learn how we, as followers of Jesus, can care for our fellow brothers and sisters who are suffering in this area.
Take some time to check out and share the messages from the “Are You OK?” series from November of 2019. The personal stories are also available separately. You can also find additional resources available through our community and Palm Valley Church.
This is a very important issue for our church and for the entire community. As your pastor, I am praying for you and hope that these resources are a help to you and the ones you love.
Standing with you!
*All mental health statistics taken from The National Alliance on Mental Illness, (https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers)
In this series, we will be working through some of the lies that we believe about ourselves
In the Palm Valley Church Podcast, we invite God into everyday conversations–not just the easy ones, but ones about tough topics. Below, you can hear a few episodes where we tackle the topic of mental health.
Maricopa County Crisis Response Hotline
EMPACT (La Frontera) Hotline
Touchstone Health Services
Aurora Behavioral Health
LifeSong Counseling Center (Glendale office)
7121 W. Bell Rd., #115
Glendale, AZ 85308
Family Christian Counseling
1300 E. Missouri Ave., A-200
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Northwest Christian Counseling
17505 N. 79th Ave., #111-C
Glendale, AZ 85308
Dr. Richard Rosengard – Psychiatrist
Metro Center Psychiatry
10000 North 31st Ave., # D201
Phoenix, AZ 85051
National Alliance on Mental Illness.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
Jennifer Bellingrodt, Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
I have been practicing in the field of psychology for more than two decades and obtained my license to practice independently in 2003. Over the years, I have obtained a wide range of experience in the field of mental health. I have worked with the elementary school population, juvenile delinquents, veterans, the elderly and military service members and their families. I have conducted research on the effectiveness of mental health treatment in a community mental health setting. I have also authored articles (accessible online) on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health myths and deployment issues. I have lectured to medical and mental health providers at various hospitals in Cochise and Maricopa Counties. I have also supervised doctoral psychology students as part of my private practice.
National Institute of Mental Health.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Our mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
We are the world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress. PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.
Maricopa County Department of Public Health created FindHelpPhx.org and its Spanish partner site EncuentraAyudaPhx.org to give Maricopa County residents an easy way to find health and social services for themselves. The website is easy to use and available where there is internet access, including smartphones.
FindHelpPhoenix is divided into multiple categories of services. Users can look for medical services, legal help, and affordable housing, and many other services. The approximate 1,500 resources are free and almost free, checked for accuracy, and the information for each service is just what you need: location, a description of the service, cost, and a phone number/website link to make contact.
2-1-1 Arizona and Community Information and Referral Services transforms lives by linking individuals and families to vital community services throughout Arizona. Our Vision is that all Arizonans are easily connected to available health and human services in their communities.
Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Safe People by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee
Why Did God Give Us Emotions? By Reneau Peurifoy
Mending The Soul by Steven R. Tracy
The Cure by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall
Healing Victims of Sexual Abuse by Paula Sandford
Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Susan Forward
Overcoming Fear and Worry by H. Norman Wright
Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Soul Repair by Jeff VanVonderen and Dale Ryan
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
Boundaries.me with Henry Cloud
Dream Big with Bob Goff
What Were You Thinking with John Ortberg
Fight Hustle, End Hurry with John Mark Comer
The Daily Still with Cindy Helton
The First 15 Podcast with Craig Denison
Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast with Pete Scazzero
Mind Shift CBT
Self Help for Anxiety Management