Equipping Christian Leaders to Respond to Mental Health Issues
The Need for Information and Training
FRONTLINES is an in-person training that will equip ministry leaders, lay leaders and educators to assess and triage common adult, adolescent and young adult mental health issues. Christian leaders and educators are often on the interpersonal frontlines of our current mental health crisis, and so are in need of more information on the care and triaging of those suffering from mental illness. This is particularly important because many of those in your care will typically consult with pastors, teachers and lay leaders before seeking care from a mental health professional.
The United States is experiencing an epidemic of mental health issues, particularly among young adults and adolescents (50% of all chronic mental illness manifests prior to age 14, 75% by age 24). Ministry leaders and educators are in a unique position that allows them to potentially intervene in the early stages of someone’s mental illness journey, possibly mitigating future suffering as well. Furthermore, because more than 50% of all chronic mental illness manifests prior to age 14, youth pastors, educators and lay leaders are in a unique position that allows them to intervene in the early stages of someone’s mental health journey, possibly mitigating future suffering.
What You Can Expect From FRONTLINES In-Person Training
- Normalize and destigmatize mental illness.
- Guide participants in overcoming their own anxieties related to engaging someone with a mental illness.
- Equip the participant with resources, knowledge language to better engage those who are suffering.
- Emphasize a uniquely Christian perspective on attending to those with mental health concerns.
- Encourage a broader Christian community response when possible and Appropriate.
CIFT Equip has developed an accompanying manual for both the Adult and Adolescent and Young Adult in-person trainings. These manuals are available for purchase on Amazon in both print and ebook (for Kindle) formats.
ADOLESCENT & YOUNG ADULT MANUAL
Bring FRONTLINES Training to Your Leaders
If you are interested in having CIFT Equip bring FRONTLINES training to your church or campus, please submit the form below to learn more. We’ll reach out to discuss pricing, timeline, what is included in the training and more.