Book Recommendations

Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness by Kathryn Greene-McCreight

Burnout: Resting in God’s Fairness by Brad Hambrick

It Has Not Yet Appeared What We Shall Be: A Reconsideration of the Imago Dei in Light of Those with Severe Cognitive Disabilities by George C. Hammond

Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons

The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World by David Murray

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation by David W. Saxton

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission by Amy Simpson

Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness by Matthew S. Stanford

Article Links

Articles are organized under the general outline of Love, Know, Speak, Do (See Paul Tripp’s Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands). You can find more resources on other subjects here.


These links will help you build an understanding of the problem in general. Included are definitions, personal testimonies, and research.

9 Things You Should Know About Mental Health | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

10 Ways Mental Illness Is Stigmatized in the Church » Amy Simpson

Does your church inadvertently hurt people with mental illness? Guest blogger Amy Simpson | Church4EveryChild

5 Types of Mental Health Professionals: Title, Education, and Purpose | Brad Hambrick

6 Reasons Why Anxiety, Worry, & Fear are Particular Problems for Christians

Frankly Speaking: Two myths about Christians and depression

More Pastors Embrace Talk of Mental Ills –

Rebuilding Life in the Aftermath of Grief « Commentary Magazine

Remember, Mental Illness Doesn’t Tell the Full Story » Amy Simpson

Saved and Depressed: A Real Conversation about Faith and Health

10 Tips on Embracing People with Mental Illness in the Church

2 Ingredients for Leading Ministry Leaders with Mental Ill… | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

BCC Weekend Resource: Mental Illness and the Church | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

How Do We Deal With Our ‘Problem People’ & The Mentally Struggling In Our Churches? – 20schemes

Studies and Research

11 Historical Geniuses and Their Possible Mental Disorders – Mental Floss

Baylor study: Seminary grads unprepared for mental health counseling – Higher Education

Can you pray your mental illness away? Seems many Christians think so | Musings of a Christian Psychologist

Do you inherit your parent’s mental illness? – BBC News

The Church and Mental Illness | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Mental Illness and the Church: New Research on Mental Health from LifeWay Research | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

The Christian Struggle with Mental Illness | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

NIMH · Scan Predicts Whether Therapy or Meds Will Best Lift Depression

NIMH · Training for the Future

Study: Cat Parasite Tied To Schizophrenia, Mental Illnesses « CBS DC

Personal Accounts

‘I walked my way back to sanity’: Bryony Gordon on starting a support group to beat mental illness

Bipolar Disorder, Biblical Counseling, and Sin | Southern Reformation

Celebrities praise Prince Harry after grief denouncement | Daily Mail Online

Prince William has a powerful warning about the stigma surrounding mental health

espnW — Former WNBA great Chamique Holdsclaw on shattered facades and reclaimed purpose

I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother

thankful house: What Shall We Then Do?

Isabel Hardman: When my mind stopped working, I realised just how badly we treat mental health

Kay Warren: A Year of Grieving Dangerously | Christianity Today

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 1 » Amy Simpson

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 2 » Amy Simpson

Too Close, Too Hurtful, Too Important | “believe, teach, and confess”

When Your Spouse Is Mentally Ill | CT Women | Christianity Today



These links will help you find out about the problem in more detail. This includes interpretations, information on specific issues, and possible causes.

Asking Good Questions about Mental Illness | Brad Hambrick (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV)

Mental Illness: What is the Church’s Role? by Amy Simpson

A Biblical Response to Mental Illness and Suicide: What Should We Conclude… – Biblical Counseling Institute

Ed Stetzer – Mental Illness & Medication vs. Spiritual Struggles & Biblical Counseling

Ed Stetzer on Mental Illness: ‘Christians Should Not Be Afraid of Medicine’

A Conversation about Mental Health and Faith » Amy Simpson

Brain Malfunction versus Mental Illness | Counseling One Another

Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame? | Christianity Today

Charles Krauthammer: The real Navy Yard scandal – The Washington Post

David Kopel: Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown –

Christians Can’t Ignore the Uncomfortable Reality of Mental Illness | Her.meneutics |

Ed Stetzer is dead-on about mental illness and Christians…now what? | Church4EveryChild

Evangelicals, You’re Wrong about Mental Illness » Amy Simpson

Guest Post: The Gospel and Mental Illness – Kevin DeYoung

How do Christians view mental illness?

How has faith shaped our view of mental illness?

Is Mental Illness Actually Biblical?

Mental Illness, Psychiatric Drugs, and Counseling Education | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

Mental Illness; The Church: An Interview with Amy Simpson

Mental Illness and the Christian: Scripture and Science | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

The mental illness taboo is a problem for all of us

The Mind, Body, and Medications

The Role of Language in the Stigma of Mental Illness | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

The Root of Mental Health | Desiring God

Why Pastors Are Committing Suicide

Specific Issues

Five Obstacles Men Overcome to Accept Mental Health Problems | Psychology Today

Hashtags Won’t Heal Us | Her.meneutics |

Stories of Suicide and the Faith Community

Suicide, Mental Illness, and the Church: An Interview with Kay Warren | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer



These links start to provide possible guidance, advice, or direction – resources for speaking into someone’s life.

10 Resolutions for Mental Health | Desiring God

A Prayer for Mental Health | thinking worship

God’s Nouthetic Confrontation of Uncaring Shepherds

Having Mental Health Issues Doesn’t Mean You’re a Bad Christian – RELEVANT Magazine

Having Mental Illness Is Like Being In Fight Club – The Blazing Center

Hope in the Darkness of Mental Illness

Managing Anxiety and Making Friends | Her.meneutics |

Q&A: How Can I Ask My Church for Help with Mental Illness? » Amy Simpson

Through a Glass, Darkly–the Article that Started It All » Amy Simpson (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

An Exercise in Identifying the Cause of Mental Illness | Brad Hambrick (Part 2, Part 3)

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? – The Atlantic

Pastors and Mental Health


These links include practical advice and possible “homework” for a counselee. 

7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Can what you eat affect your mental health? New research links diet and the mind. – The Washington Post

My Hope for Mental Wellness – Aimee Caverly

Thursday is for Thinkers: How to Love a Loved One with Mental Illness

For Pastors/Ministry Leaders

4 Ways Pastors Can Help With Mental Health – LifeWay Pastors

A Call to the Church…Guest Blogger Amy Simpson | Church4EveryChild

How We Rewrote Our Company’s Mental Health Policy

Let’s Talk About Mental Illness

Making The Church A Safe Place For Mental Illness

Mental Illness: One Simple Way to Help | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Pastors, Counseling, and Mental Health: 6 Guidelines for Pastors to Consider | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Seven Tips to Address Mental Health Issues in the Church



Towards a Christian Perspective on Mental Illness | Brad Hambrick

Frank Bruno: It’s only human to cry sometimes – BBC Sport

Stephen Fry Discusses Bipolar – YouTube

Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness | Video on

Towards a Christian Perspective on Mental Illness | Brad Hambrick

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission » Amy Simpson


16 Resources for Mental Health Ministry » Amy Simpson

Top 10 Free and Affordable Mental Health and Counseling Resources

Mental Illness and the Church