St. Pauls strives to be a caring and supportive community. We know that more than 22 million Americans experience depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health challenges. However, only a fraction of these people ever receive help. The rising costs of health care, difficulty accessing mental healthcare providers, and fear of judgment from others are just a few of the reasons that individuals may not seek help.
Job stress, financial struggles, relationship problems, grief, loss and parenting challenges are only some of the triggers for anxiety and depression. Many people within our congregation and our community face these challenges. Whether you are suffering, or have a loved one who is, behavioral health problems can be very stressful. While you want to help, you may not know where to get started. Our pastors are available to speak with you about the concerns you are facing as well as your concerns about loved ones who may be in need of help. We have people within and external to our church community that we have referred congregants to in time of need as well. In addition, we want to help guide you to resources to address your concerns.
Behavioral health conditions are physical illnesses that affect the brain. They may have a genetic component and can run in families. These problems are treatable and you can live a healthy life with appropriate care. When depression and anxiety go untreated people can experience severe duress which can be life threatening. Working with a qualified psychotherapist is usually the most effective means of treating behavioral health concerns. A psychotherapist can also link you to medical professionals who can determine whether you should consider medication. Contact one of the pastors for a referral to a qualified psychotherapist. Crisis hotlines, support groups, spiritual guidance, healthcare providers, friends and family can also be of help.