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) ccih.org

CCIH 2020 Conference Resources

Week 3 of the CCIH 2020 Conference focused on Mental Health and our role as Christians to respond to health holistically, caring for body, mind and spirit. Here are some resources speakers shared during their presentations that week.

Building a Hybrid Model for Improving Mental Health  Watch the Session 

Trauma Response and Curricula  Watch the session

  • 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

Article: Meeting People Where They Are

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

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) ccti-wec.org 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.

Webinar on 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.