By Minister Sonya Hosey
There is continuing to be an exchange of views about faith, the black community, and mental well being. Some in the faith community ask why we only talk about African Americans when the church should focus on all people? I agree. We are all citizens of the Kingdom of God, and believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit. We should also know that 3 John 1:2 states, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as our soul is getting along well.” “We believe that John’s prayer was that the physical health of this saint might prosper in the same way that his spiritual health was prospering.”
Therefore, the black community should not overlook the disparities which may contribute to exacerbating mental health. Studies have found that our faith and spirituality can significantly improve the quality of life.
- According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Black adults in the U.S. are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress.
- According to NAMI, negative attitudes, and beliefs towards people with mental health can be particularly strong within the Black community.
Now let’s break bread at the table and speak about issues that can support and heal our congregations; to reduce the stigma of mental health from a spiritual aspect by encouraging healing and education. Let’s talk about what the bible say about it? What can we do about it?
“Being strong is when we can admit that you are weak. Encourage healing by recognizing that we have flaws.” Sarah Jakes Robert
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Minister Sonya Hosey, Founder
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