The Missing People

Uncovering the Roof

Picture of empty church. By J.Guffogg & J.Hannan-Briggs - CC. Picture of empty church. By J.Guffogg & J.Hannan-Briggs – CC.

There’s a missing group of people in my research into disability and churches, so far. It’s Christians with mental health problems.

I know from both existing research and personal/second-hand experience that churches can have varying responses to people experiencing mental health problems. There’s already some research and writing on the subject, but most of the academic research focuses on what churches are doing and comes from a medical ‘care’ perspective (or a‘recovery’ perspective). I’d really like to contribute to better understanding of people’s lived experiences – of what’s really going on for Christians with mental health problems. I hope this will be helpful for them, and for churches.

I would love to hear from more people with mental health problems on the issue. It’s not a problem if you don’t consider yourself disabled, as such. My research will be…

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