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1 Faith & Mental Health Michael A. Torres, MD 4/25/14

2 Outline Reflections BPSS Model Mental Health Ministry? Seven Strengths of Congregations AMWPS

3 Optimal Suboptimal The BiopsychospiritualSocial Model Illustrated Each individual is comprised three dimensions: mind, spirit and body Each dimension has its continuum of functioning; And an optimal range of functioning MindSpiritBody

4 The Biopsychospiritualsocial Model Illustrated Imbalance in one dimension adversely affects the others. Spirit Mind Body MindSpiritBody

5 The “Biopsychospiritualsocial Model” Illustrated All interact to promote optimal functioning within the sociocultural environment

6 Examples IllnessMindSpiritBody Cancer Thyroid Heart Addictions

7 Importance of Faith/Mental Health Collaboration Mental disorders affect a significant portion of the community and cause significant disability A small percentage of affected individuals actually access services Affected, religious individuals may have unmet needs in current MH system A significant percentage of affected individuals may be accessing services offered by the faith community The faith community may be able to reach individuals with unmet mental health needs and connect them to mental health services

8 Mental Health Ministry?

9 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. II Cor. 1: 3, 4

10 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Mathew 25: 37-40

11 Spiritual Care Who is responsible? Where does it occur? How should it be provided? Can it fit within current approaches to ministry?

12 Strengths of Congregations Gary Gunderson, Deeply Woven Roots: Improving the Quality of Life in Your Community To Accompany To Convene To Connect To Tell Stories To Give Sanctuary To Bless To Pray To Endure

13 The Strength to Accompany Be genuine Sit in silence Inquire about absences Accompany to appointments Welcome back into community Hold support groups Support advocacy organizations –Mental Health Association –National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

14 Annual Mental Wellness Promotion Service A nationwide observance during the weekend leading into Mental Illness Awareness Week or during Mental Health Awareness Month Services are designed from start to finish to address mental illness and/or mental wellness Screening is conducted during the service Results are used to establish ongoing services and/or to inform the service delivery system


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