Mental Health series Session 2

Mental Health: Conversation & Education

Session 2: Depression & Mood Disorders

This page is part of a larger series titled Mental Health: Conversations & Education.  To see the full list of topics, and to download the entire series as a PDF, visit the Mental Health Series page.



Topic: Depression & Mood Disorders


Video: “I had a black dog; his name was depression.” (4:18)


Handouts /Q & A

Talk about the opening video and contents of the handout(s). Have a mental health professional take a few general questions.


Video: “Living with a black dog” (5:57)


Discussion Time

Video Dr. Steve Grcevich (Key Ministry) on welcoming persons to church who struggle with social isolation (9:49)


Discussion Questions:

  1. Who do we have in our church that is routinely in contact with individuals affected with mental health conditions?
  2. How can we take church to persons who are dealing with social isolation?
  3. How can we better follow-up with those persons who once were participating in church activities and gradually quit all activities?
  4. Do our small groups or Sunday School classes practice “relational respite”?


Scripture:     Psalm 88


(Optional) Personal Story

If you have invited someone to share for 5 minutes, now is the time for that.


Thought to take with you: (from Study Guide, p.12) “Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.”  (Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey)


Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you that you are our friend and are present with us in the darkness.  Help us to understand better the truths that our brothers and sisters who have mental illness experience.  As your friends, teach us to be present with others and to carry them to you.  Amen. (from Study Guide, p.10)