Statistics Show Mental Health Awareness Benefits Churches

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Psalm 42:5

Though written thousands of years ago, these words hum a familiar tune. Many people have not experienced the physical exile the psalmist faced, but millions do know the soul-weary feeling of crying out to God. In fact, over the past few years, record numbers of people have begun to identify in new ways with the desperation expressed in this verse.

“Americans have been doing their best to persevere over these past two tumultuous years,” says Arthur Evans Jr., chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association (APA), reflecting on the 2022 Stress in America Poll. “But these data suggest that we’re now reaching unprecedented levels of stress that will challenge our ability to cope.”

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that they are overwhelmed by the number of problems facing the world today. Even more state that they feel as though the past two years have been a constant stream of crises.

As people experience greater stress and anxiety, many are looking for help in navigating their mental health challenges. Often, they turn to the church—a weighty reality that has contributed to many pastors struggling with burnout, anxiety, or depression as they attempt to walk their congregants through the pandemic and beyond.

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Kathleen Notes: Such important research given all that we`ve been through over the past few years. The Church of Jesus has the answers the world is searching for..



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