Unfortunately, mental health care remains stigmatized in society, and not least, in the church. If you or someone you love has ever wondered if seeking psychotherapy or medication for the treatment of emotional suffering is a cop out, a lack of faith, or any way contrary to God’s intent for his people, here is Pastor Kirk’s response (scroll down for a list of annotated resources!).


National Alliance on Mental Illness – an outstanding and comprehensive resource for those seeking information about mental health, finding treatment, facing immediate crisis as well as support for caregivers.

NAMI Guide to Navigating a Mental Health Crisis – Immediate and accessible instructions and decision-making tools in case of an active of potential mental health emergency.

The National Crisis Text Line (or simply text: 741741) – Not just for those feeling suicidal, but for anyone in a moment of emotional overwhelm – be connected quickly with a trained volunteer counselor who can help deescalate the internal storm.

9-8-8 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Who to call when the risk of suicide (for yourself or another) is high or The current Lifeline number is 1 -800-273-8255 (available also in Spanish and to the hearing impaired). However, beginning June 16, 2022, dialing 9-8-8 will connect directly to the Lifeline, so let’s get the word out!

The Trevor Project – Support resources, as well as, access to immediate crisis counseling for LGBT+ teens and young adults.