There is Hope Ministries
Mental illness is not often spoken about in our society. Many times we find it very difficult to talk about mental illness in our congregations. Yet there is a great need to talk about mental illness.
It is estimated that 1 in 17 of American adults suffer from serious mental illness. More than 4 million of our children also suffer mental illness. Studies show 20% (1 in 5) of our American families is impacted by mental illness. Those of us who are dealing with mental illness in our family have learned that the mental health system is a challenging maze which is extremely difficult to navigate.
What about all the families trying to navigate this maze? It drains them physically, psychologically, financially and spiritually. Families experience feelings of frustration, fear, guilt, denial, loss, isolation, sadness and loss of hope. We know how families react to the crisis of mental illness affects the family member’s recovery. The only way to deal with all this is to know peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding that will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7). This is why we have established “There Is Hope Ministries." We want families who are caregivers of people with mental illness to know they are not alone as nothing can separate us from the love of God. There is hope!
WE ARE CALLED TO CARRY EACH OTHERS BURDENS.
There is Hope Ministries is inter-denominational Christian ministry for families of people with mental illness.
Faith communities can be of tremendous help offering hope, unconditional love, and support to families who often find themselves stigmatized and isolated from the community.
God's call and mission for this ministry is to offer Christian support to families of people with mental illness.
I know how important this is as I have a family member who I love very much with serious mental illness.
There is Hope, Rev. Gary Taber
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4