Faith and mental health

I have no answer here, just questions.  Recent experience with those suffering from mental illness have me wondering what role faith might play, both for those who suffer from it, and those who care for them.

As one who seems to have relatively good mental health, what it might be like to not have that is a mystery, as faith often is.  Having had meaningful spiritual/faith experiences, knowing the power faith brings to my life, I wish those who don’t have that could, for that peace and guidance, regardless of their mental health.  But perhaps even more so for those who don’t, since hopelessness and being lost seem a common thread.

Faith helps me believe those suffering from mental illness can heal.

How might we help someone with mental illness bring faith into their situation, if they don’t have it?  It would seem those who are on the brink of giving up, who are contemplating suicide, most desperately need faith.

I repeat: You can recognize a Warrior of the Light by the look in his eye. Warriors of the Light are in the world, they form part of the world, and they were sent into the world without saddlebags or sandals. They are often cowardly. They do not always act correctly. Warriors of the Light are wounded by the most foolish things, they worry about trivialities, they believe themselves incapable of growing. Warriors of the Light sometimes believe themselves unworthy of any blessing or miracle. Warriors of the Light often ask themselves what they are doing here. Often they find their lives meaningless. That is why they are Warriors of the Light. Because they fail. Because they ask questions.  Because they keep looking for a meaning. And, in the end, they will find it.

Coelho, Paulo. Warrior of the Light: A Manual (p. 84). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

 

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