20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. That’s 1 in 5 of us!
As so many know, it can be a dark and lonely experience for individuals and families who are affected. Christians are not immune to this kind of suffering, but there is HOPE. As we live in the tension between the reality of pain and suffering, and God’s ongoing redemptive work in our lives, the Church has a unique role in offering spiritual care, dignity, and hope for those who are suffering because of mental illness. We are called to be a safe place for those who are marginalized to turn to when they need care and support.
At North Park, we strive to offer opportunities to learn and grow in our understanding of mental health. Visit this page or check the Going Deeper Guide for upcoming seminars and electives.
For those in our congregation dealing with mental illness or supporting a loved one with mental illness, we provide prayer support, spiritual care, and practical help, as well as referrals to mental health professionals in the London community.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, there are many options to finding the help that you need. Reach out to your family doctor, make an appointment with a mental health professional such as a psychologist, social worker, or psychotherapist, or contact one of the many community agencies that offer support for mental health.
Crisis Support in London
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, the following resources can connect you to in-person, telephone, or online help, and are available 24/7. If the crisis you are experiencing is life threatening, call 911 for immediate help.
The Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre
648 Huron Street Open 24/7 for walk in crisis assessment and support
519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023 or web chat at http://reachout247.ca/ Connects to a mental health and addictions professional who can provide information, resources and crisis support.
A helpful resource that can help you identify community supports that are available in the London area. Dial 211 or go to www.211ontario.ca.