Minister Survey:Mental HealthThe report has been prepared for:Donna Miller, PsychDAssociate for Mental Health MinistriesCompassion, Peace and JusticeSusan Barnett, PhDJashalund Royston, MAResearch ServicesJanuary 2020

In general, how would you describe your mentalhealth?N 3,838Very GoodFairPoor1%8%Good27%Excellent40%25%Minister Survey: Mental Health pg. 2

Percentage of ministers who view themselves as N 3,191less than capable to respond to the following situations:CapabilitiesHonest self-assessment is valuablefor everyone. It is unrealistic to thinkthat all ministers are equallycapable in all dynamics of ministry.Understanding your abilities allowsyou to think about those skills thatcan be improved and to know whenit is best to allow another colleaguemore skilled in that area to providethe care. With that, ministers wereasked about their effectiveness intheir ministryUsing a 5-point scale of not at allcapable to very capable, mostministers give themselves a scoreof 4, that is, capable of providingeffective ministry with few ministerssaying that they are very capable.32%A person comes to me asking where to get help with a mental healthproblem43%A person confides in me that s/he is feeling suicidal42%A person asks for help with drug or alcohol addiction55%A person with visible signs of mental illness or substance misuseattends an event that is part of my ministry41%A family member comes to me with concerns about a loved one withsigns of mental illness, suicidal feelings, or addiction54%A colleague shows signs of a mental health problem or substancemisuse46%Pastoral care in the aftermath of a traumatic event such as the suicideof someone involved in my ministry or a hate crime, mass shooting, ornatural disaster in my local community45%A leader of a youth ministry in which I am involved comes to me withconcerns about the mental health of a young person involved in theministry36%I face a mental health challenge myselfMinister Survey: Mental Health pg. 3

Resources ministers would find helpful 53%70%Training in recognizing andresponding to mental healthissues that arise in a pastoralsituations47%Information aboutmodels and examplesof mental healthministry across thechurchPeer support groupsfor ministers51%51%Mental Health module inseminary as part ofpreparation for ministry44%N 3,231Information about MentalHealth First Aid coursesavailable in mycommunity39%Age-specific mentalhealth curriculaInformation about creatingfaith communities that feelsafe and welcoming foreveryone37%Mental health worshipresources such asbulletin inserts, sermonideas, readings, andstories32%Access to grant fundingfor initiating orexpanding mentalhealth aspects of myministryMinister Survey: Mental Health pg. 4

On a Scale of “0” to “10” 66How would you rate access tomental health services in yourlocal community?*How welcoming do you thinkpeople with mental healthchallenges would rate theactivities of your ministry?**N 3,713N 3,090* ”0” meaning no access and “10” meaning excellent access; Average rating given** “0” meaning not at all welcoming and “10” meaning extremely welcoming; Average rating givenMinister Survey: Mental Health pg. 5

Where have you received trainingdoing ministry with people with mental illness?I have notreceived trainingin this44%Continuingeducationcourse16%Training in thecourse ofdoing my job22%Trainingsponsored by areligiousorganization forwhich I haveworked8%N 3,693In a class orpracticum inseminary18%Trainingsponsored bya secularemployer8%Minister Survey: Mental Health pg. 6

How did the received training affect your skills in this area?N 1,92170%61%60%50%40%30%20%20%18%10%0%Less than 1%Less than 1%WeakenedThem GreatlyWeakenedThemDo Not Know Strengthened StrengthenedThemThem GreatlyMinister Survey: Mental Health pg. 7

Minister Survey: Mental Health pg. 2. N 3,838. Minister Survey: Mental Health pg. 3. 32%. A person comes to me asking where to get help with a mental health . A leader of a youth ministry in which I am involved comes to me with concerns about the mental health of a young person involved in the ministry: 36%: