Mental Health Needs

You may be looking for WELS resources for mental health needs for yourself, a loved one, or your ministry. This page will help you find mental health information and organizations, useful for ministry leaders seeking to help others or someone looking for resources for your personal situation.

The Committee on Mental Health Needs provides guidance, spiritual resources and assistance to WELS churches and members as they minister to one another in love. Mental Health Needs teams have developed resources for those who resist or are recovering from addiction or temptation to use pornography as well as people who struggle because they were abused. Sometimes the problem requires professional counseling or medical attention, such as depression or schizophrenia.

What we do

You may have questions about counseling. You might wonder whether it is appropriate for a Christian to see a secular therapist. You may be interested in learning about the kinds of counseling available to assist those with mental health needs. View and download information about:

  • Help for Mental Illness
  • Therapy Models
  • When to Refer
  • Christian or Non-Christian Counselor
  • Ask a Therapist

The Mental Health Needs team that helps Christians understand and benefit from good Christian counseling is the WELS/ELS Christian Therapists Network. Therapists who want to learn more about Christian counseling should look at their online training and spiritual resources. Pastors will find information to help them coordinate their spiritual counseling with their members’ therapists.  The team has assembled directory of Christian therapists.

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