National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Interfaith Bulletin Insert and Responsive Reading
1 in 10
One in ten of those sitting next to us in the pews every Sunday has a serious mental illness.
1 in 5
One in five families has someone in their immediate family that has a serious mental illness.
The vast majority of those affected by mental illness sit in lonely silence. They fear that rather than receiving support that will be shunned.
What can we do as individuals and as a congregation to make those with mental illness feel welcome and safe in our midst? What can we do to help them understand that God loves them and is with them even in their most difficult times?
How can one help carry the burden of someone who has a mental illness?
Leader: We pray for those who are suffering.
Congregation: Give us the wisdom to know what we can do to comfort them and be with us as we attempt to do so.
Leader: Today, we especially ask that you be with those with a mental illness. Help them to have faith that you are with them even in their most difficult times.
Congregation: Guide us as we show them love and compassion.
Leader: We beseech you to provide understanding and direction to the leaders of our nation. Help them to recognize the needs of those who are suffering and have the desire to respond with justice and compassion.
Congregation: Help us all to do the same.
All: Bless, guide and heal us. Amen