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FOWM #246 – Mental Health Ministry in Thailand

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Mental Health Ministry in Thailand

What does mental health have to do with mission? Everything! Okay, maybe not everything, but mission is certainly not whole if it does not address what it means to be whole persons, and that includes wellness in body, soul, heart, and mind.

Cornerstone Counseling Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has been providing mental health care to Christian workers serving throughout Asia for more than 15 years. In recent years, they have experienced a sharp increase in the number of requests for counseling and mental health training from the Thai community—both Christian and non-Christian.

Cornerstone has three Thai counselors on staff and provides community-based workshops, but the requests for clinical care and training far outweigh their current capacity. It is the strong belief of Cornerstone’s Thai staff, their board members, and their local partner organizations that Cornerstone can play a pivotal role in the expansion of Christian mental health care for the Thai—and that God is opening doors for that expansion.

Cornerstone has an opportunity to purchase a vacant plot of land next to their current center. That land will allow Cornerstone to develop contextualized counseling resources, train Thai counselors, establish ongoing programming to equip churches and organizations, invest in a possible counseling facility, and educate the general public to meet the growing mental health needs in Thailand.

This project’s goals can only be realized in collaboration with others who are engaged at all levels of Thai society. Cornerstone will increase collaboration with existing partnerships with local churches, nongovernment organizations, and a major university in Chiang Mai, as well as with the district government and key Thai psychiatrists and psychologists. Recognizing that the Thai are most effective in serving their own people, Cornerstone seeks to come alongside new and ongoing efforts to provide support based on longstanding experience, professional expertise, and the ability to provide material resources.

Cornerstone believes it must embody the gospel by addressing mental health needs to bring wholeness and reconciliation. To meet the opportunity, the center hopes to raise $60,000. Would you consider contributing towards the goal of creating and expanding mental health resources to the wider Thai community and churches?