Special Needs & Family Mental Health Concerns

Let’s face it, God can and does call us to serve in areas that may involve issues above our level of skill sets.  If  you’re serving in any type of disability ministry, you no doubt will confront many of these tough issues.  Any family who has a member with special needs will inevitably be dealing with any number of mental health concerns that may include, but not be limited to:

  • High levels of stress
  • Emotional fatigue
  • Depression
  • Marital difficulties
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Codependency
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse

I don’t know about you, but these are complex issues that would require training far above what I have personally received as a leader in ministry.

At the same time, we know that where God calls, God provides.  There are excellent resources available to us.  Sound organizations like the American Association of Christian Counselors provides great training and tools for lay counselors.  And then there are also terrific professionals like Dr. Steve Grcevich of Key Ministry, who has a solid grasp of this specific population and their interesting mix of concerns.

Given Dr. Grcevich’s expertise and generosity, he will be our featured guest on our Thursday night #SpnMin Chat, 8 PM, CST on March 8th.  We’ll further discuss and explore the challenges we face ministering to families in the disability community and their various mental health concerns.  Please join us for an hour that’s sure to bless you as a leader!

If you have never participated in a TweetChat before, merely follow these instructions:

First, you must have an established Twitter account.  If you don’t already have one, simply go to http://www.twitter.com and set a free account. When participating in the chat for the first time, click on the following link:  http://tweetchat.com/room/spnmin.
You will be prompted through an easy three-step process.
  1. When you click “Sign In”, you will then be asked to “Authorize an Application” through your Twitter account.  To attend, you will have to click the blue “Authorize App” button.
  2. Once you have done so, merely type in the name of the chat (hashtag) you wish to attend at the top of the page, and click go.  For our chat, type in spnmin.  Now you’re in the chat room!  But you’re not finished yet.
  3. To keep most current with the conversation, go to the upper left hand side of the screen and click on “Refresh Speed”.  Slide the tab down to 5 seconds.  This will keep you up-to-date with the scrolling conversation.  Remember, just like on Twitter, you are limited to only so many spaces for your comments…in this case 132 characters.  You don’t have to add the #spnmin hashtag after every post. TweetChat adds the hashtag automatically.

We hope to see you there!

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  1. #1 by Stephanie on March 16, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    Having a special needs child is like running a marathon every single day. Most people cannot imagine the inner circle. How could they? When have they run a marathon every single day? It takes courage, stamina, endurance, strength and grace. Every day 24 hours a day. I know, I’ve been doing it for 18 years. 12 medical diagnoses. 50 meds a day. Complex heart and lung and immune disease, among other complications and diagnoses. A stroke and more. Yet, today I can say my son is finally thriving instead of just surviving. The pixie dust: lowering the stress in his life. Being happy with the simple things in life. Enjoying each moment. And having a few heroes and a superman come along side of us and show us a new path. It worked :))

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