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How to Find Mental Health Support in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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In the journey of life, our mental well-being is as important as our physical health. In the context of faith, finding solace and support in times of mental health challenges can be deeply enriching. For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the loving embrace of the community and the teachings of the Church provide a unique source of strength and understanding. Here’s how you can find support in the Latter-day Saint community while navigating the complex terrain of mental health.

1. Embrace the Power of Prayer and Personal Connection

One of the most beautiful doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that we can communicate directly with our Heavenly Father through the grace of His Son, Jesus Christ. Maintaining this personal connection is one of the most important things we can do as we begin the journey to find mental health support. 

In moments of anxiety or despair, turning to prayer can be a calming and spiritually enriching experience. The promptings of the spirit can help lead and guide us to know what next step to take in order to receive the help we need. 

The gratitude and meditative atmosphere that often accompany prayer can enhance mental clarity and emotional resilience.

2. Connect with Your Local Ward or Branch

Within the structure of the Church, a ward or branch ideally acts as a close-knit community where individuals and families congregate for worship and mutual support. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local ecclesiastical leaders or fellow members. Sharing your struggles can lead to understanding and, more importantly, a network of care.

Many members have faced struggles with finding understanding within their local church community. Ministering might not happen. Judgement may occur. It’s important to never give up when looking for help. The Lord will provide a path for you to find someone to help you and lift you up. 

Continue to advocate for your needs as direct by the Holy Ghost.

3. Seek Professional Help without Guilt

Sometimes, the challenges we face require the expertise of mental health professionals. In the Latter-day Saint community, seeking therapy or counseling is not a sign of weak faith. Instead, it’s an acknowledgment of our divine nature, which includes the physical, emotional, and mental aspects. Many Latter-day Saint therapists are well-versed in integrating faith and therapeutic techniques.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught, “If things continue to be debilitating, seek the advice of reputable people with certified training, professional skills, and good values. Be honest with them about your history and your struggles. Prayerfully and responsibly consider the counsel they give and the solutions they prescribe. If you had appendicitis, God would expect you to seek a priesthood blessing and get the best medical care available. So too with emotional disorders. Our Father in Heaven expects us to use all of the marvelous gifts He has provided in this glorious dispensation.”

4. Engage in Acts of Service and Love

One of the hallmarks of Latter-day Saint discipleship is service to others. Engaging in acts of kindness and service can have a profound impact on your mental well-being. Whether it’s ministering, fulfilling a calling, or simply participating in church activities, these selfless acts create a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

While your own health should be valued and prioritized, using some of our energy to do good in the world around us can not only give us more access to support, but uplift our spirits as well. 

5. Utilize Gospel Resources

The Church provides a wealth of resources to enhance mental and spiritual well-being. They are filled with messages of hope, healing, and faith. Delve into these resources to find inspiration and comfort. Here are just a few to take a closer look at: 

Finding Strength in Faith

In the realm of mental health, faith can serve as an unwavering pillar of support. Within the loving embrace of the Latter-day Saint community, there exists a wealth of resources and understanding. By embracing your faith, seeking help when needed, and connecting with others, you can find the support necessary to navigate the complexities of mental health challenges. Remember, in your moments of vulnerability, your faith can be the source of immense strength and resilience.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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