What role does spiritual healing play in a mental healthcare journey?
Because those who believe in God are just as likely as others to experience mental health concerns, it’s important to understand how spiritual healing can impact one’s mental health journey.
Even Web MD acknowledges that spirituality can have a profound impact on mental health. It can provide peace, purpose, and a better relationship with yourself, others, and the future. Though pursuing spiritual healing and a closer relationship with God may not cure mental health problems, it can indeed provide a sufferer with renewed strength to find purpose in their current situation.
According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), faith can help individuals both recover from their mental health problems and manage them long term. NAMI points out that while the ‘why me?’ question – and essentially the problem of pain – cannot be answered by science alone, faith can provide answers and a sense of purpose to a struggling individual wrestling with big questions.
LMC Legacy Foundation has provided grants to many churches and faith-based organizations in order to help them establish programs to meet the behavioral and mental health needs of others, and has seen firsthand the difference that a spiritual healing journey can make.