If you are struggling in your mental health as a Christian, you are not alone. Anxiety, Depression, and other disorders of the mind require professional and medical attention, and there is no shame in reaching out for the help you need. I’ve put together a list of resources to support you on your journey of loving Jesus while living with chronic physical, emotional, and mental illness.
Below are a list of resources I’ve gathered to help you take your next step in your mental, emotional and spiritual health.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Or TEXT with someone at the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you are having suicidal thoughts. You are not alone. You do not need to feel ashamed. But you DO need to reach out for help.
National Alliance on Mental Illness https://nami.org/Home
Depression + Bipolar Support Alliance https://www.dbsalliance.org/
Anxiety + Depression Association of America https://adaa.org/
American Association of Christian Counselors: https://connect.aacc.net/?search_type=distance
Focus on the Family Mental Health Resources: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/get-help/mental-health-resources/
SoulGrit Resources: https://soulgritresources.com/
Proverbs 31 Podcast: Therapy & Theology 6-week series: Lysa TerKeurst dives deep into conversation with her personal, licensed professional counselor Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle.
Anthem of Hope podcast: A weekly podcast dedicated to sharing real stories from real people on topics such as: hope, faith, doubt, life, and mental health.
CXMH podcast: We bring together faith leaders with mental health professionals for honest conversations. Hosted by Robert Vore & Dr. Holly Oxhandler
SoulGrit podcast: Christians need a place to ask questions and get answers about mental health. Join Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Jesus lover Ann Taylor McNiece for fun and encouraging episodes that make counseling a real option for Christ-followers.
The Honest Pod: A safe space to foster healing, hope, and the honesty needed to live free and fully alive.
WORKBOOKS & COURSES
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, PhD
The Exchange Course (Includes Workbook & Teaching Videos) by Karrie Garcia
ARTICLES ON MENTAL HEALTH + FAITH
BOOKS ON EMOTIONAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
by Lysa TerKeurst
Anger: Taming A Powerful Emotion by Gary Chapman
The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Walking on Water When You Feel Like You’re Drowning: Finding Hope in Life’s Darkest Moments by Tommy Nelson and Steve Leavitt
Broken Crayons Still Color: From Our Mess to God’s Masterpiece by Shelley Hitz
Overcome Depression: Strategies from Science & Scripture by Margaret Lalich
BOOKS ON SPIRITUAL HEALTH
I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt
Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God
by Gary Thomas
Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People by Dorothy C. Bass
An Extreme God for an Extreme Life by April Chapman
Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
BOOKS ON PHYSICAL HEALTH
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa TerKeurst
Fit For The Calling: A 6-Week Faith & Fitness Journey by Jennette Holzworth
BOOKS ON RELATIONAL HEALTH
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage by Beth and Jeff McCord
BOOKS ON PARENTING/CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Effective Parenting in a Defective World
by Chip Ingram
Are My Kids on Track?: The 12 Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach
by Sissy Goff (Author), Melissa Mre Trevathan (Contributor), David Lmsw Thomas (Contributor)
Boundaries with Kids: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Children
by Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend
A Family Shaped By Grace
by Gary Moreland