RYM 087: Taking Care Of Your Own Mental Health As A Youth Ministry Leader

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.

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EPISODE RECAP

  • 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)

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VOICES IN THIS EPISODE

SARAH ANDERSON

SARAH ANDERSON

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

TOM SHEFCHUNAS

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 curriculumPreviously, Tom was North Point MinistriesMulti-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

TYREKE WESLEY

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.

CHINWE WILLIAMS

CHINWE WILLIAMS

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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