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 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