Video: Youth Ministry & Mental Health

Youth Ministry & Mental Health

In this video, Anne Reid Broos, Director of Ministry Children and Young Families  at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, FL, and Sarah Kamienski, licensed mental health counselor and faculty at Flagler College, present about Youth Ministry and Mental Health.

This presentation took place at the Flagler Forum on Youth Ministry at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Excerpts:

“Mental Illness is a mainstream issue. National Institute of Mental Health has a statistic that out of all 13-18 year olds, 1 out of 5 of them has a mental health issue.

“I think it’s easier for us to pray about a cancer diagnosis or a divorce that’s going on in one of our kids’ families rather than praying about someone’s bipolar disorder by name or a panic disorder or anxiety disorder…”

“If we look at scripture, I think that Jesus show’s us that his healing ministry was encompassing of our physical health, our spiritual health, and our mental health.”

Being faithful to the call here is to be curious and humble….Recognizing that I have nothing to offer on my own apart from my relationship with Jesus Christ. If the goal of counseling to create a safe space for someone to be where they are, to feel what they are feeling, I have to enter into that safe space knowing that I bring nothing on my own to offer this person. If I’m in touch with my poorness in spirit, then I am able to curiously draw out the other person’s heart.”

If the goal of counseling to create a safe space for someone to be where they are, to feel what they are feeling, I have to enter into that safe space knowing that I bring nothing on my own to offer this person.

“As the objective third party… our task is to assess for imminent danger and to be that objective third party, when (family) is freaking out that you would not be the reactive freaker outer, but… the one who can assess – is this imminent danger.”

What is not our job? It is not our job to fix. It is not our job to give advice… What is our job? Is to create a safe space.”

“If Jesus is the Great Counselor and I would emulate Him, then my call is to be with people and to walk alongside them, to sojourn with them, not to fix or heal, or to make feel better, but create the safe space.”

“Statistically, people who deal with a lifelong mental illness, 50% of them experience the onset of that illness before the age of 14.”

If Jesus is the Great Counselor and I would emulate Him, then my call is to be with people and to walk alongside them, to sojourn with them, not to fix or heal, or to make feel better, but create the safe space.

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