The link below is to a very good article printed recently in the Leadership Journal from Christianity Today. It addresses the issue of mental illness and how to respond, especially in the church setting. In law enforcement, we deal with mental health consumers on an almost daily basis. Our safety, effectiveness, and quality of service depends upon our ability to properly respond to crisis situations.
I have been fortunate enough to be trained and become a part of our department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) – training developed and based on the Memphis PD model for responding to mental health crisis situations. This training – a large part of which is simply better understanding persons with mental illness – has proven itself time and again.
Many of us are involved in local churches in any number of ways – leadership, security, etc. This article is a must read, and this topic is one we must address. It is my opinion that we are not reaching our full potential in ministry until we are “getting our hands dirty” reaching out to the poor, marginalized (those on the fringes of society…the ones nobody really wants to deal with), troubled, and others who are really hurting.
The article includes several resources for further reading and research as well.
Blessings,Jonathan Parker www.CoveredLawEnforcement.org www.facebook.com/CoveredLawEnforcement P.O. Box 4533 Cleveland, TN 37320-4533 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.” – Romans 4:7 (NKJV)