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Christian Mental Health Statistics

Christian Mental Health Statistics

Since 1974, the United States has observed National Suicide Prevention Month in the month of September. Not only does this bring much needed awareness for Christians who are suffering from mental health issues, but it also provides an opportunity for the church and/or faith-based organizations to talk about an important topic that affects people more than we often realize or like to admit.

“Depression was once a topic reserved for ‘other people,’” Former LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer wrote in a Facts & Trends issue on mental health. He goes on to say, “The truth is, pastors are as likely as other Americans to experience mental illness.”

Here are 13 statistics from several LifeWay Research studies that may help you better understand the issue of mental health and the people in your church:

Christian Mental Health Statistics:

  • 23 percent of pastors acknowledge they have personally struggled with a mental illness.

  • 49 percent of pastors say they rarely or never speak to their congregation about mental illness.

  • 27 percent of churches have a plan to assist families affected by mental illness.

  • 65 percent of churchgoing family members of those with mental illness want their church to talk openly about mental illness.

  • 59 percent of those actually suffering from mental illness say the same.

  • 53 percent of churchgoers with mental illness say the church has been supportive.

  • 76 percent of churchgoers say suicide is a problem that needs to be addressed in their community.

  • 32 percent of churchgoers say a close acquaintance or family member has died by suicide.

  • 80 percent of pastors say their church is equipped to assist someone who is threatening to take his or her own life.

  • 92 percent of pastors say their church is equipped to care for the family that experiences the suicide of a loved one.

  • 4 percent of churchgoers who lost a loved one to suicide say church leaders were aware of their loved one’s struggles.

  • 68 percent of Americans feel they would be welcome in church if they were mentally ill.

  • 35 percent of Americans say mental illness could be overcome with Bible study and prayer alone.

Christians still have a long way to go in regards to the conversation surrounding mental health, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do SOMETHING about it today. By using our voice, platforms and influence, we can be the change needed to elevate the much needed conversation surrounding mental health within the local church, faith-based organizations, and beyond.

Over 800,000 people a year lose their lives to suicide, and we believe it’s about time Christians start doing something about it.

—Jarrid Wilson, Founder

10 Statistics You Didn't Know About Suicide

10 Statistics You Didn't Know About Suicide

10 STATISTICS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT SUICIDE

1. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

2. Each year 42,773 Americans die by suicide.

3. For every suicide, 25 people attempt. 

4. On average, there are 117 suicides per day.

5. Over one million people die by suicide worldwide each year.

6. On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world.

7. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24. 

8. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.

9. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.

10. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7th-12th.

—Anthem of Hope

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Your scars are proof that God heals

Your scars are proof that God heals

Your scars are proof that God heals.

We live in a world that calls failure a weakness, and labels weakness a flaw. We are taught to mask the truth because, “it’s better if you keep your pain to yourself,” and that the best way to lead is from our strengths instead of our weakness. This is not the way to live, and I'd encourage you to do exactly the opposite.

If I can be honest, I think our world has built itself on a shallow and narrow foundation. The truth is that this foundation is ready to crack at any second. Our society doesn't allow people the freedom to share their pains, their struggles or their hardships. These "dark times" have become surrounded by stigmas and kept quiet instead of being allowed to be spoken of freely. While I know this is just my opinion, I think I have a pretty valid point to stand upon.

1. “Crying is not allowed.”

2. “Keep your pain to yourself.”

3. “Don't show your weaknesses.”

There is hope.

These are things we’ve heard throughout life. And while many of us may try to shake off their weight, you’d be surprised to know how many people are haunted by these thoughts on a daily basis. I believe in a God of Grace, love, and second chances. And if it wasn’t for those divine qualities all working together, I can promise you that I wouldn’t be standing here today. I’ve been redeemed. No matter how dark and desolate your life is or was, there is hope and God can take your life to places you never thought imaginable. Every cut, bruse and broken bone can be mended and made new by the love of God.

I’m not proud of my past, but I wear my scars on my sleeve because I am proud of who I’ve become in Christ. You should as well. These scars remind us that we can conquer all things and that healing is possible. There is nothing to broken for God. He can fix anything because he created everything, and that includes you. 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”—2 Corinthians 5:17

My failures and mistakes are NOT my most treasured moments, but because of them I am now a living testimony of His redemption and grace. Guess what? So are you! Your story, your past, your suffering and pain, it can all be used as a testimony and story to help others. 

Your story is His glory. Share it to the world. Don’t hide your scars, wear them as proof that God heals. It's okay to not be okay.

—Anthem of Hope

God Uses Broken People

God Uses Broken People

If you ever feel like you aren’t worthy enough, remember that Jesus used a bunch of flawed people to share Hope to a flawed world. In HIM we find renewal and mending. Jesus didn’t call the equipped, He equipped the called. And no matter what you’ve been through in life, remember that the same power that conquered the grave lives within you.