Recently Outside In Ministries had the pleasure of doing some work for Bethany Place Baptist Church in suburban Richmond. We are very grateful for this opportunity, and thrilled at the recommendation that they wrote for us to use on our website, as follows:
“When a member of our church, Bethany Place Baptist, in Richmond gave a testimony that she had a mental illness and that others with similar conditions would like to form a support group, we didn’t know where to start. Fortunately, we were led to contact Catherine Boyle of Outside In Ministries. She met with us and provided us not only with research materials, organizations like DBSA, and contacts, but also gave us an outstanding presentation tailored to our group’s needs. Catherine was an outstanding resource to help us plan a mental health ministry at our church.” – Doug Cather
Also, here’s a link to a report on what it’s like to be a caregiver for an adult with mental illness. There are many local resources and supports caregivers can reach out to receive, but frankly, being that caregiver is mentally and physically exhausting. The last thing someone this tired can do is to REACH OUT; a trusted friend needs to REACH IN. This is a GIANT area of opportunity for churches to care for people within their own faith family who are supporting loved ones with mental illness. This report is also linked on the “You Can Help” page of the website.
Any ideas and comments about how your church is helping a caregiver of a mentally ill adult are welcome!