We Do Not Need to Be Experts to Love Well

Engage and Be Involved


So often, churches retreat from serious mental illness in a way that the church never retreats from serious physical illness. Though we may be uncertain in how to engage with people who struggle in mental illness, Steve Midgley, Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK, encourages the Church to be present, speak wisely, and love well.




We don’t need to be mental health experts to sit and cry with, pray with, or be practically helpful to people who struggle with mental illness.


Have you experienced fear and uncertainty when presented with the opportunity to walk alongside someone struggling in mental illness? Why or why not? Did you retreat, or move forward in confidence?
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Steve encouraged believers to engage confidently with those struggling in mental illness, but not to pretend to have knowledge past the limits of their expertise. Think about the experience and knowledge you have. Where are the limits of your expertise?
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Despite your limits, what are some practical ways you could still engage confidently in loving well and walking alongside someone who is struggling with a mental illness?
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Steve discussed how the focus on biomedical treatments for mental illnesses sometimes decreases the acceptability of talking with other people openly about experiences with mental illness. What are ways you could provide space for someone to open up about their struggles? If you are struggling with a mental illness, to whom could you openly talk with about your struggles?
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This week, what are some specific ways you can be present, engage wisely, and love someone who is struggling with mental illness?
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Though we may not be mental health experts, God has equipped us to walk alongside, speak wisely, and love well. This can be a great help to those who are in the midst of mental illness.



To learn more about The Biblical Counseling Coalition, click here.