Global Classroom

Mental Health and Trauma

Episode Overview

This Classroom episode is on Mental Health and Trauma. The global church is beginning to recognize that mental health and trauma issues must be a major ministry priority. Mental health problems are usually the result of a combination of many factors, including family environment, biology, personality, spirituality, and challenging community contexts. Traumatic events are also recognized as a major cause of mental health problems. The lack of attention to mental health and trauma both by the church and secular society has left thousands of people with mental health problems stigmatized or judged as spiritually deficient. Untreated mental illness can result in sexual and physical abuse, and neglect. Those with mental health problems have poorer health care, diminished human rights, and higher mortality. They comprise one of the largest mission fields for the church worldwide.

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