If you work with students, you’re probably aware of the mental health crisis happening in student culture today. At the same time though, sometimes it’s easy to forget that these issues don’t end when we become adults. In other words, as youth ministry leaders, we are not immune to issues regarding mental health. This week, we sit down with Dr. Chinwé Williams to discuss how mental health can impact our ministries and what we can do as youth leaders to take care of our own mental health.
- How do we learn to tell the difference between a disorder and a season of stress (2:10)
- Why is this something that the church as a whole has a problem with (5:03)
- If counseling isn’t in the cards for people, what are some of the things they can do to prevent getting to those crisis moments (22:40)
- Gen Z is really big into authenticity, so how can that help us be more authentic (30:07)
- How to tell the difference between anxiety and depression (33:57)
- What can we do if we’re beyond preventative help (38:01)
- Tips for walking through mental health issues and what to do next (47:43)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
“Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience some form of mental health disorder or condition in a given year. —Dr. Chinwe Williams” Click To Tweet“The dirty little secret of working in a church is this: The higher up you are in ministry, the harder it is to find a safe place to talk about what’s going on with you. —Tyreke Wesley” Click To Tweet“Youth workers are tired, and they have too much to do. To stop and take care of yourself seems selfish. But at the end of the day, if you have nothing to pour out, you’re not doing what you’re called to do. —Tom Shefchunas” Click To Tweet“We are much better at numbing than we are experiencing. We don’t know we need help until it’s gone pretty far. —Sarah Anderson” Click To Tweet“You don’t always have to be perfect; it is okay to not be okay. —Dr. Chinwe Williams” Click To Tweet“God will give you the wisdom you need when you lack it, but sometimes He also finds other people for you to participate in the process. There’s no shame in getting the help that you need. —Dr. Chinwe Williams” Click To Tweet
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
- Book: Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences
- Book: People Fuel
- Resource: Mental Health: A Guide For Faith Leaders
- Resource: Quick Reference Guide
- Resource: American Counseling Association
- Resource: National Institute of Mental Health
- Resource: Mental Health America
- Resource: National Alliance on Mental Illness
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Sarah is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003. In 2007, she joined the XP3 high school team where she now works as a lead writer and content creator. She also a contributing writer to the Parent Cue blog. Sarah lives in Roswell, Georgia, and is a big fan of her husband, her two boys, Asher and Pace, and, in her weaker moments, McDonald’s french fries.
Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.
Tyreke Wesley is an engaging communicator with a purpose to help people take the next step forward. In 2011, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse college, followed by a Masters in Divinity from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2014. Tyreke is serving as a Teacher in South West Atlanta and a Youth Minister at The Breakthrough Fellowship in Smyrna, GA. He has worked with inner-city youth for over ten years. Tyreke is devoted to his beautiful wife, Shakeira Wesley, and his two amazing and talented children, Tyson and Jordyn.
Dr. Chinwe Williams specializes in treating individuals who experience depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, histories of trauma/abuse, grief and loss, and relationship challenges. Dr. Chinwe Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), with twelve years of experience providing counseling services for adolescents, adults, and families.
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