Mental Health

Mental Health and faith-based organizations: Caring for the whole person, body, mind and spirit, is fundamental to Christian health care. If your organization has resources related to Mental Health, please share them with the CCIH network. Contact Kathy Erb at kathy.erb (at)

Study Guides

Mental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond by Mental Health Ministries. The resource is a study guide that is designed to be used with clergy, members of congregations, family members and anyone desiring to learn more about mental illness and how to respond with compassion and care. It can be used as a small group study or as a resource to quickly find information on a specific topic when the need arises. This resource is divided into four sections: Understanding Mental Illness, The Unique Role of Faith Communities, Creating Caring Congregations, and Help for Faith Leaders. It is available in English and Spanish/Español

CCIH Webinars

Maternal Mental Health: Effective Scalable Interventions for Low-Resources Areas

January 26, 2021 | In this webinar, we explored interventions, delivered by well-trained and supervised non-specialist caregivers, that provide a scalable solution to bridge the gap where resources are scarce but the need for services is great. Phiona Naserian Koyiet of World Vision International explained effective interventions such as Problem Management Plus (PM+) and Interpersonal Therapy for groups (IPT-G) and how World Vision International has deployed these interventions to improve maternal mental health.

Phiona Naserian Koyiet, MA is Senior Technical Advisor for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), on the Global Rapid Response Team at World Vision International. The webinar was moderated by Paul Mosley, MPH, Country Program Director, Ethiopia, Mennonite Central Committee. Paul is a co-chair of the CCIH Health of Women and Children Working Group.

Videos shared in the presentation include: IPT G-in Uganda and a video on Integration.

Additional Related Resources from WHO:

Mental Health in Emergencies
Group Interpersonal Therapy for Depression

Practical Approaches for Community-based Mental Health

January 27, 2021 | In this webinar featuring mental health experts from the faith community, we discussed the powerful role of faith leaders and communities in influencing attitudes on mental health, reducing stigma, and the special role of faith in mental health, especially in the low- and middle-income country context.

The discussion was moderated by Nathan Grills, MBBS, MPH, DPHIL, DPH, a Public Health Physician at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, and featured:

  • Ted Lankester, MBBS, Co-Leader of the Arukah Network and Founder of Thrive Worldwide
  • Julian Eaton, MBBS, MSc, Mental Health Director for CBM Global Disability Inclusion and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Joshua Abioseh Duncan, MPA, BA, B.Th Programs Manager for the Mental Health Coalition of Sierra Leone
  • Prerana Singh, MPH, MSc, Training and Program Development Consultant with Emmanuel Hospital Association in Northern India

Gospel Values in Community Mental Health Programs

March 25, 2020 | Mental illness can be a highly stigmatized topic in the church, yet mental health is an integral component of overall health and well-being. In this webinar, we discussed the importance of faith and spirituality in understanding mental health and seeking help, and the impact of COVID-19 in raising anxiety for everyone, including those already facing mental health challenges.

How gospel values of asking and listening (what is it you want of me); social inclusion (paying attention to the small voices); wholeness (body, mind and spirit), and life to the fullest, can be threaded through program design in community mental health programs. We heard from Julian Eaton, MBBS, MSc, Mental Health Director for CBM Global and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Kaaren Mathias, MBBS, PhD, Mental Health Programme Manager for Emmanuel Hospital Association in India.

The audio on Kaaren Mathias’ recording was difficult to hear.  Her presentation with better audio can be seen below.

Building a Hybrid Model for Improving Mental Health  Watch the Session from the CCIH 2020 conference

Trauma Response and Curricula  Watch the session from the CCIH 2020 conference

  • See Slides from the presentation by Paul Shetler Fast of Mennonite Central Committee and Bryan Varenkamp of SIL International/Trauma Healing Institute during the CCIH 2020 Virtual Conference.
  • Mennonite Central Committee developed a Framework for Trauma Response Programming, incorporating Development, Peace and Health. Paul Shelter Fast, MCC, presented this framework at the CCIH Virtual Conference in June 2020. There are links to many resources included in this framework.
  • SIL International and other members of the Trauma Healing Alliance partnered to provide Trauma Healing Resources specific to the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 Trauma Healing lesson can be used in a group (online), with your family, or by an individual. There is also a lesson for families for use with children, (Peace, Be Still…) The COVID-19 Trauma Healing Lessons can be followed effectively by working through the Beyond Disaster booklet. See the separate Leader’s Guide for help with that process. There is also a guide for facilitating these materials and healing groups using the online Zoom application.
    • Here is a list of Countries with Trauma Healing Institute Trauma Healing Equipping Sessions, as well as a list of Languages the material is available in.
  • Thrive Worldwide has resources on dealing with anxiety,  COVID-19, supporting healthcare workers and more. See their blog, which includes posts about COVID-19, psychosocial effects and more.

COVID-19 and Mental Health

See Resources on addressing the mental health impacts of COVID-19

Articles and Publications

Global Mental Health: Part of a Fuller Picture of Health

This article, by Julian Eaton, MBBS, MSc, Mental Health Director, CBM Global, and Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explores some of the key issues and developments that occurred over the past 15 to 20 years to address mental health and incorporate it as part of broader global health approaches. He also explores the importance of community support, including through churches and other faith groups, including churches and other groups who have found innovative ways of maintaining supportive connections.

TearFund Footsteps Issue 113: Mental Health and Well-Being

TearFund’s Footsteps (Issue 113) focused on Mental Health, and includes a Bible Study; an article about community-based mental health approaches; an overview of mental health conditions; an article about a greater understanding of mental health and well-being by Dr. Julian Eaton, who has spoken in two CCIH webinars on mental health (featured above); and more.

Meeting People Where They Are, A Profile of CHAG Mental Health Work

CHAG Integrates Mental Health Services for Greater Impact | Mental health services are often kept in silos away from other health services. Inaccessibility, compounded with the stigma surrounding mental health issues, means many people do not get the help they need. The Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) received a five-year grant from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) spanning from 2013 to 2018 to improve accessibility to mental health services, increase awareness and reduce stigma. In this interview, CHAG Executive Director Peter Yeboah does a deep dive into the project, including what they achieved and learned, the challenges that remain, and next steps. Read the interview

Church and Community-based Mental Health Resources

Community Mental Health Good Practice Guides | CBM Global and their partners launch the first five of their Community Mental Health “Good Practice Guides”, which share lessons learnt from their global work on mental health for over 20 years. These can be used by anyone, regardless of role, expertise, or area of focus, who wants people with mental health conditions and/or psychosocial disabilities to:

  • Participate meaningfully and authentically in their communities;
  • Have a good quality of life and wellbeing; and
  • Have access to dignified quality care and supports to address individual needs.

The guides focus on Peer-Support, Community Mental Health Forums, Stigma and Awareness Raising, Mental Health System Strengthening, and Neglected Tropical Diseases & Mental Wellbeing.

Time to Change | The Church of England shares this resource, which is England’s biggest campaign to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. Run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, it works to change public attitudes and behavior around mental health, and empower people with mental health problems to speak out.

Promoting Mental Health: A Resource for Spiritual and Pastoral Care | This resource from the Church of England, Archbishops Council, can be used in a variety of ways. It is is for people involved in spiritual and pastoral care, who can use it to help with issues about spirituality, mental health and the role of the church. Also, those involved in leading or contributing to discussion groups, events and training programs can use the resource in the training of clergy, pastoral care leaders, chaplains and others involved in spiritual and pastoral care as well as with church members.

Trauma Healing Resources from the American Bible Society | The American Bible Society has a variety of resources on healing trauma, including resources for use with children, a facilitator’s handbook, a scripture companion booklet, and more.

Crisis Care Training International

Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn founded Crisis Care Training International (CCTI) after her experience in a number of countries as a missionary led her to believe that the local church’s participation in helping suffering children around the world was the answer to their overwhelming need. She founded CCTI (a CCIH member) in 2004 to focus on equipping the local and international church and parachurch organizations on trauma and crisis care. CCTI offers Healing and Hope for Children in Crisis, a flexible, multi-module curriculum for training caregivers working with children who have experienced trauma from crisis experiences such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse, abandonment and/or exploitation. Learn more about CCTI and the training and contact Amy Wilson at awilson (at) for more information.

Health Promoting Churches

Health Promoting Churches – Reflections for Commemorative Health Days | 2020 | Dr. Mwai Makoka, World Council of Churches | These reflections have been prepared for Christian congregations to use for reflection on commemorative days. The reflections are short enough to be read during a church service on the Sunday closest to the commemorative day, but can also be read and discussed in small groups, such as midweek prayers, Bible study, or youth groups.

Maternal Mental Health

The Silent Burden: A Landscape Analysis Brief of Common Perinatal Mental Disorders in Low- and Middle-Income Countries | September 2021 | The perinatal period is a particularly crucial time to address mental health concerns as it is associated with an elevated risk of mental disorders. This landscape analysis brief prepared by the USAID-supported Momentum Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) describes the current state of perinatal mental health and the burden of common perinatal mental disorders for women in low- and middle-income countries. Faith is listed among protective factors in Maternal Mental Health (MMH) and among the strategies to begin integrating MMH into the health system.


ADRA Technical Learning Labs – HTLL Webinar: Mental Health & Psychosocial Support During COVID-19 | 2020 | This ADRA International webinar addresses the importance of mental health and psychosocial support in the COVID-19 response, including engagement from churches and church leaders.