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Mental Illness Invisible in Many Churches

By Katrina Gay, NAMI Director of Communications

Many families and individuals affected by mental illness acknowledge faith as a key component in their recovery and experience. However, a recent study sponsored by Baylor University reveals that mental illness within a family frequently damages the family’s connection to its church.

Although the church congregation did not completely remove support from the families, the study found that families affected by mental illness ranked church as number two in their priority list of needs, while families without mental illness ranked it 42.

The study highlights that church communities do not fulfill the needs of congregants and often overlook families affected by mental illness, despite the needs the families have for support and assistance.