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Health

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A link within the SAMHSA (substance abuse) website that is designed to faith leaders prepare and enable clergy to talk about mental illness in church as one way to reduce the stigma regarding mental illness and counseling.

How People Pleasers Can Learn to Say "NO"

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Part of the problem of being a people pleaser is the inability to say no easily.  This article provides examples of how people pleasers get this wrong and then provides a very easy model for how we can learn to say no when necessary and deciding when the right time for that is.

Journal of Pastoral Care

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 A comprehensive resource for clergy combining the theory and practice of pastoral care.

Lifting Arms

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A ministry devoted to encouraging, training, and inspiring pastors with opportunities for coaching, workshops, and retreats.

Local Organizations with Mental Health Expertise

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Mental Health.gov (Espanol)

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Website maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services designed to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and increase understanding of all types of mental illness. The site talks about behavioral symptoms to increase the laymen's ability to recognize the signs of various disorders.

Mood Disorders

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Real Life Preacher

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Written by a pastor in Texas and reflecting on his experience of ministry.  A great conversation starter, meditation opportunity, or Sabbath exercise - a thoroughly good read. Inspiring Examples of Faith-Based Initiatives to Help Individuals with Mental Health Conditions Participate Fully in the Life of Religious Congregations

Suicidal Behavior

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13 Clergy Health Factors & the 5 Dimensions of Health

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The Church Systems Task Force research identified 13 factors that are highly correlated with clergy health, differentiating those who are healthy from those who are unhealthy. The 13 factors identify sources of stress, challenges to maintaining physical health, obstacles to emotional health, impacts upon social health, the importance of spiritual health and the influence of finances. 

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