Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership

Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, people experiencing mental health concerns often turn first to a faith leader.

That's why we teamed up with psychiatrists and faith leaders to create the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership. This collaboration is aimed at fostering a dialogue between the two fields, reducing stigma, and accounting for medical and spiritual dimensions as people seek care. The convening organizations are the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, the American Psychiatric Association and the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition - a program of the American Association of People With Disabilities.  

This partnership provides an opportunity for psychiatrists and the mental health community to learn from faith leaders about the role of spirituality in recovery and the support faith leaders can provide, as well as an opportunity to improve understanding in the faith community of the best science and evidence based treatments for mental illness. 

From the success of this partnership, we have been able to create a resource for faith leaders to reference as a starting point in the discussion on mental health and wellness with their congregants and communities. The Mental Health Guide for Faith Leaders has distributed over 2500 copies to date.   

To learn more, or to download the Mental Health Guide for Faith Leaders created by the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership, visit here.


If you, or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, click here for a list of resources.