Mental Health Series Session 3

Mental Health: Conversation & Education

Session 3: Anxiety & Social Phobia

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: Anxiety & Social Phobia

Introduction

Videos: Dr. Tracey Marks

Handouts / Q & A

 

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

 

Discussion Time

Video: Dr. Steve Grcevich (Key Ministry) on overcoming anxiety as a barrier to church attendance (13:14)

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What tasks would you have a Mental Health Liaison in our church perform?
  2. Think of an area of ministry in our church.  How can we “show” it better with pictures on our website?
  3. How can we improve our church welcoming experience for first time visitors who might have anxiety?

Scripture:  Psalm 42

 

(Optional) Personal Story

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

 

Thought to take with you: “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable.  When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”   (Fred Rogers)

 

Prayer:  Lord, we thank you for the opportunity for getting to know more about the struggles people experience when dealing with mental health challenges.  We pray that you will give us the courage and wisdom and compassion to support our brothers and sisters, and receive their support, in a way that is honoring to them and you.  Forgive us when we make mistakes and provide us the grace to carry on again.  Bless us as we try to be partners in the work of your kingdom. Amen. (from Study Guide, p.13)