ABUNDANT HOPE

Mental Illness Advocacy


"He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' (Matthew 24:45)

family-counselingAbundant Life Ministries believes in community.  At the core of a healthy community are healthy families.  God has called us to give Hope to those in community and around the world who are suffering from mental and emotional illnesses.  The impact of mental illness on individuals, families and the community is staggering.

Abundant Life Ministries has accepted the call to be a Life Center for individuals and families impacted by Mental and Emotional Illness. Mental illness is nondiscriminatory and effects millions both in the community and in the church.  Individuals and families with mental illness are negatively impacted by delayed diagnosis, lack of awareness and limited access to resources.   Through Abundant Hope, we are committed to honoring God through compassionately, humbly and lovingly devoting resources to individuals and families battling with mental and emotional illnesses.

According to research by the National Alliance on Mental Illness:

  • One out of four adults -- approximately 61.5 million Americans, experiences mental illness in a given year

  • One in 17 adults -- about 13.6 million, live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder

  • Approximately 60 percent of adults, and almost one half of youth age 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year

  • Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults−about 14.8 million people−live with major depression

  • Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20 percent live with a severe mental illness

Millions of individuals and their families are losing the fight against mental illness and the effect in and out of the church cannot be ignored.  In church and in our communities, we must take a stand.  The bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Through Abundant Hope we are taking a stand for mental and emotional wellness.

Church  has lagged behind in meeting the challenges of mental and emotional wellness and for many who suffer from mental illness and their families, church has been a source of disillusionment, disappointment and even abandonment.  Abundant Life Ministries believes in meeting the needs of people, ministering to the whole person and providing holistic resources to support spiritual, mental and emotional wellness.

Abundant Life Center -- A Vision of Wholeness

The Abundant Life Center and wellness ministries are the core of our vision and mission.  Every ministry has a compassion and at Abundant Life Ministries, our compassion is ministering to the whole person and taking a stand for mental and emotional wellness.  Please take the opportunity to read more about the Abundant Life Center vision by Clicking Here.

 

Abundnat Life Center Vision


faith and mental health

 

  Mental Illness Facts and Numbers

  • Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.
  • Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults— about 2.4 million people—live with schizophrenia.
  • Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder.
  • Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults−about 14.8 million people−live with major depression.
  • Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults−about 42 million people−live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias.
  • About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
  • Approximately 26 percent of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46 percent live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
  • Approximately 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition.
  • Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20 percent live with a severe mental illness.
National-Alliance-on-Mental-Illness-Logo

Click Above To Download Mental Illness Facts