STREETLIGHTS is a resource book and discussion guide for individual Christians and entire churches who want to learn more about mental illnesses and addictions and hands-on ways to support people and families in their churches and communities who are experiencing them.Combining a study guide for adult discussion groups with a hands-on manual to guide you in assisting and supporting someone experiencing a mental illness or addiction -- or getting help and support for yourself -- this book will empower Christians and churches to understand:
Section I of the book: Seven chapter adult discussion guide on mental illnesses and addictions provides an overview of mental illnesses and addictions and their impact on individuals, families, churches and society today. These chapters describe the causes of mental illnesses and addictions, prevention and stigma-reduction strategies, and hands-on ways Christians and churches can support people in ways that connect, empower and saves lives. Each chapter incorporates Biblical reflections, shares the stories of real Christians and churches, and ends with discussion questions.
Section II of the book: Seven chapters to help you provide hands-on support and assistance to people experiencing specific mental illnesses and addictions including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and alcohol and drug addictions. Chapters include symptoms lists, hands on emotional. social, and spiritual support strategies, effective treatment options, and true stories of Christians who have experienced these illnesses or addictions.
Section III of the book: Emergency Response Guide, Treatment Options Guide, information on other mental illnesses, resources and strategies to help Christians and Churches have a broader impact
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
Opiate overdoses and other addictions are on the rise.
Up to 25 percent of people who experience a mental illness say the first place they reached out to for help was not a doctor's office, counseling office, or clinic -- it was a local church.
Are you and your church prepared to respond?
The STREETLIGHTS book will help you shine the light of hope by providing knowledgeable support to people in your church and community who are struggling.