Have you ever struggled with your mental wellness or know of someone who has? Mental health in Canada is a huge concern. Some would say a crisis.
Men in Canada are less likely to seek or receive mental healthcare than women and more likely to die by suicide. Suicide rates are 3x higher in men than in women, with men between the ages of 35-59 being the most vulnerable.
This is why it’s essential to talk about mental health issues and find solutions to this enormous problem. In this episode, we will hear about one of those solutions.
Our guest is Daniel Whitehead, the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. He spearheads the movement to equip churches to support mental health and well-being in their community. Previously, Daniel spent ten years in full-time vocational ministry, serving as senior pastor of a church for eight years. He is also a certified mediator and a double theology graduate of Regent College.
A Mental Shift
There has been a significant change in online search trends related to mental health. With searches related to information about depression in the Bible and God’s perspective on mental health topping the list.
Mental health concerns affect everyone, regardless of social factors or religious affiliation. That is why it’s crucial that the church address this issue and provide a supportive environment where people can seek help and recover.
An Image Shift
It’s important to recognize that as human beings, we are created in the image of God, who exists in a relationship as Father, Son, and Spirit. We’re inherently wired for relationships. We need each other.
There are many factors and reasons why, but the fact remains that men often hesitate to seek help for mental health issues. This is where small groups play a vital role. Men can come together in these groups, providing a safe space to discuss their struggles and find support.
If you’re currently struggling with mental health concerns, it’s essential to know that you are not alone. Many others are going through similar challenges. We encourage you to reach out to someone you trust and have a conversation.
This will require courage, but remember that God is already aware of your situation and desires for you to be in a community with other men in your life who will listen and support you.
For leaders of men’s groups and men’s ministries, please consider addressing this important topic within your community. By discussing mental health openly, you can address the needs present in your group and provide valuable support.