Stigma Free at CCC: Mental Illness and the

Church's Compassionate Response

Stopping the Stigma

     Did you know that 25% of people struggle with a mental illness? In addition, did you know that between 70 and 90% of people can experience significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life if they get proper treatment?


     Yet, many don’t seek treatment. Why? There is a stigma that causes people to suffer in silence. At CCC, we want to break the stigma by addressing the issues in this 6-week sermon series. Would you join us?



Reliable Resources for Mental Illness

PHQ9 - Depression Screening Tool

  • Useful to objectively determine the severity of initial symptoms

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

  • Offers informational hotlines; accurate information on mental illness and current treatment options; research, online support groups educational groups and much more


Mayo Clinic     

  • Information on the various mental illnesses, treatment options, research

National Institute of Mental Health

  • Reliable resource of mental health disorders
  • Leading federal agency on research related to mental disorders


Mental Health Grace Alliance

  • Provides reliable information on mental illnesses, treatments
  • “The Church’s New and Simple Approach to Mental Health”


Rejoice & Resilience

  • Support groups offered at CCC for individuals living with mental illness as well as groups for family member or friends of someone living with a mental illness.  Info on CCC web page.
  • Toolkit for Healing and Wellness: Toolkit_for_Healing_and_Wellness.pdf

According to NAMI, here are some signs of mental illness:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings
  • of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance