The National Alliance of Mental Health estimates that as many as 44 million adults experience mental illness in a given year. Nearly 1 in 25 adults in America live with a serious mental illness and almost 60% of adults with a mental illness did not receive mental health services in the last year.
People who need help often do not seek it out because they can be stigmatized for seeing a counselor or reporting mental health issues to healthcare providers. Others just don't know where to turn to address their concerns.
Research finds that "people who suffer from mental illness often turn to pastors for help, but pastors need more guidance and preparation for dealing with mental health crises. They often don’t have a plan to help individuals or families affected by mental illness and miss opportunities to be the church” (Ed Seltzer, LifeWay Research).
My Hope is a faith oriented, web-based initial contact, reference and referral source for people who want to take control of their mental health. It provides a self-assessment and some initial resources for people who are dealing with depression, addiction, suicide, and grief/loss.
We've designed My Hope to address these issues among several different constituencies, each with a focus on specific needs. Professionals who are familiar with each group’s needs and concerns are invited to contribute and participate with the web community.
My Hope is a partnership of faith-based ministries designed to be an initial, nonthreatening first step for individuals who want to explore and promote mental health in their lives.