Let's Talk About It Resources

    01.10.21 | Resources

    WEEK 5 PANELIST QUESTIONS

    We've gotten so much positive feedback on our current "Let's Talk About It: A Conversation about Mental Health" series that we're EXTENDING it another week! During this final week of the series, The Ridge will host a panel of licensed counselors and experts in different areas of mental health so that they can answer your questions on mental health during services. Submit yours below! (And don't worry, we'll keep any names anonymous!)

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    DAILY READINGS

    Let’s Talk About It Daily Devotions
    The church is filled with people who are working through different situations, and it’s important that we talk about mental health. Find daily inspiration from us throughout this series to find hope, healing and encouragement around topics like depression, addictions, anger and loneliness.

     WEEK 1 | DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7

    WEEK 2 | DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7

    WEEK 3 | DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7

    WEEK 4 | DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 

    ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    NAMI
    Learn more about mental illness. This section covers mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, OCD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicide, addiction and others.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Available 24 hours. 1-800-273-8255 
    We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

    DEPRESSION-SPECIFIC RESOURCES

    DEPRESSION: AN OVEARVIEW
    Everyone feels down and sad sometimes. That’s a normal reaction to the disappointments, setbacks, and losses we all experience in life. But clinical depression is a very different kind of emotional and mental challenge. In fact, it can be debilitating and even deadly for those who suffer from it.

    Dealing with Depression in Your Marriage Article Series
    Depression is a disease that can make marriage miserable. When one spouse is depressed, it affects both partners. It can rob emotional, spiritual and physical intimacy and drives both parties into isolation. There is hope.

    What the Bible Says about Depression & Anxiety
    The Bible is full of stories of people experiencing depression and anxiety, but God is fully involved with compassion and grace.


    BOOKS

    Hope Again: A 30-Day Plan for Conquering Depression
    By Mark Sutton & Bruce Hennigan
    Christians struggle with depression on a regular basis. Conquering Depression draws on personal experiences and is   grounded in biblical and medical principles to offer a 30-day plan for managing and overcoming depression.

    Understanding and Loving a Person with Depression
    By Stephen Arterburn & Brenda Hunter 
    This encouraging guide will help you hold on to hope while broadening your understanding of depression and its treatment. Dr. Brenda Hunter has been a caregiver for someone with depression and has also struggled with depression herself. 

    ADDICTION-SPECIFIC RESOURCES

    SAMHSA National Helpline | 1-800-662-4357
    SAMSHA is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.  

    Drug and Addiction Resources List 1
    This list is an alphabetized, non-exhaustive list of agencies, organizations and other programs where you can find more information about drug abuse, opioids, and where to find help. 

    Drug and Addiction Resources List 2
    This list includes local treatment centers, sober living centers, information/education and more! 

    CJ Lomas Recovery Foundation
    Family members, friends, and healthy relationships can be some of the most important elements in someone’s recovery.  Individuals struggling with drug or alcohol addiction need these positive influences.  However, these positive influences, such as family members and other concerned persons, often do not know where to turn when they themselves need support when dealing with the recovering loved one.

    ANGER-SPECIFIC RESOURCES

     Controlling Anger So It Doesn’t Control You (Part 1 & Part 2)
    In a discussion based on his book Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion, Gary Chapman offers practical advice for dealing with anger in a healthy manner and embracing the power of forgiveness. (Part 1 and Part 2) 

    What Most People Don't Know About Anger (Article)
    Anger is a signal—and it's one worth listening to. Anger, when used constructively, is an important vehicle for personal and political change. It can encourage us to say, "This is who I am. This is what I believe. This is where I stand. These are things I will no longer do or tolerate." People who avoid and deny their anger can suffer as deeply as people who vent anger ineffectively.

    Winning the War Against Anger (Article)
    Instead of simply managing our anger, we need to transform ourselves. Most people are familiar with the term “anger management.” In fact, many of us know people who have gone through it. Anger management is big business today, both in psychology and in our pop culture. “Anger Management” is even the name of a major motion picture.

    LONELINESS-SPECIFIC RESOURCES

    Loneliness Assessment (Quiz)
    A Loneliness assessment based on UCLA LONELINESS SCALE - VERSION 3. This scale measures individual perceived feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

    Do You Feel Lonely?
    You can feel lonely even if you have tons of friends, and also if you’re in a relationship. Loneliness comes in many shades. Here's how to combat the real contagion of isolation.

    The 3 Types of Loneliness and How to Combat Them
    Loneliness is a function of the affective need for companionship and belonging, and left unaddressed, it can detrimentally affect a person’s self-worth. Loneliness can leave us questioning our value to others and where in life we belong.

    Loneliness Is A Strategy Against Our Souls
    There may be no greater irony in our society than this. Technology we could hardly have dreamed of thirty years ago is now at our fingertips. We can connect with almost anyone anywhere in the world within seconds in a dozen different ways – from the traditional phone call to email to social media to texting. And, yet, more and more of us admit to feeling lonely.


    COUNSELING SERVICES & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    View a compiled list of vetted local counselors, national help hotlines, and recommended groups.


    RECOMMENDED SERIES

    Anxious for Nothing
    Across the nation, anxiety is at an all-time high. It’s the #1 health issue among women and #2 for men. A downpour of “what-ifs”, anxiety can come from circumstances, medical, spiritual, or from somewhere else entirely. We look for peace, but it can be hard to find. While the presence of anxiety is unavoidable, the prison of it is optional. Check out this previous series from 2020 to find out how to break free from anxiety.


    Head Games

    There’s power in the thoughts you think. They determine your actions, the direction your life will ultimately take, and the strength of your faith. How do you continue to grow your faith during a pandemic that’s changed our world and our view of it forever? During our new three part series, Head Games, we’re talking about the impact our mind has on all of our lives and our faith. Stop playing head games. Change your mind. Change your life. Check out this series from 2020 if your thoughts are starting to overtake you.


    Fear Not
    When you’re faced with uncertainty, do you ask, "What am I going to do now?" Does your mind race to worst-case scenarios, do you become cynical or sarcastic, or maybe you just shut down completely. These reactions come from one place: fear. Are you going to live by faith or by fear? Check out this previous series from 2020 to help you when you start to be afraid.


    Eye of the Storm
    2020 was a year of storms (health, financial, social, and political) that left many of us scarred...and it’s NORMAL in a season like that to ask, Where’s God in all of this? What you'll learn in this series is that the storms of life don’t have to sink your faith. In fact, they can strengthen it or be a catalyst to build it. Check out this series or share it with a friend who was impacted by a storm in 2020.