The organization FIRE (Faith Infused Recovery Efforts of Rhode Island) and the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NEATTC) produced the video below about the impacts that faith communities can have on mental illness, specifically addiction-based illnesses. It’s worth watching if you are interested in the approach other faith communities are taking towards helping people with mental illness.
A couple of great comments, paraphrased: “If Jesus showed up today, the first place He would visit is a recovery community center. These are the kind of people He came to serve.” And another: “How big an impact faith communities could have if we just became more unified in resolve to help people with mental illness.”
I’d love to hear how your faith community is reaching out to the mentally ill in your midst.