Tools for Those in Need of Mental Health Support

An Interview with Joe Padilla

Few things are more acutely examined than the human body. Of all its organs, the brain is the most complex. No other organ controls human functioning like the brain. However, what makes the brain totally unique is its connection to our overall well-being.

The brain affects how we function physically, emotionally, relationally, personally, and spiritually.

Why is it then we openly pray for and support those with compromised health . . . unless it’s related to the brain?

For this reason, we must address this massive disconnect. Few people do this better than my friend, Joe Padilla. After years in ministry, Joe and his lovely wife endured years of complicated mental health challenges.

Through the process, Joe learned the undeniable value of wellness integration. He founded the Mental Health Grace Alliance. No one should suffer alone regardless the cause of their suffering.

You will come away from this interview with practical tools providing help and hope to all who may struggle. Don’t miss this outstanding, insightful interview!

Watch the Interview

Interview Questions

Today, Colleen talks with Joe Padilla, founder of the Mental Health Grace Alliance.

  1. What do you mean when you talk about mental health recovery?
  2. What does it mean to build mental health resiliency?
  3. How do you help someone with trust issues work toward mental health resiliency?
  4. How do you help a person who struggles with depression and anxiety understand his or her worth in Christ?
  5. What do you tell church leaders about helping people with mental health issues?
  6. What resources does Mental Health Grace Alliance offer churches?
  7. How can we help church leaders not be afraid of ministering to people with ongoing mental health issues?
  8. Are some church leaders resistant to helping people with mental health issues because of their own issues?
  9. What have been the results in churches that have implemented your training?
  10. What does it mean to be made whole and complete in Christ?
  11. What do you say to people who are anxious about receiving care for their mental health issues?
  12. How do you help someone with a terminal condition understand that God is a God of comfort and healing?
  13. What encouragement do you have for people looking to improve the mental healthcare ministry in their church?

Let Me Hear from You

Throughout Scripture, the physical body is used to reveal truths about the spiritual body . . . the church. References to the eyes, ears, tongue, hands, legs, and more are found in the Old and New Testaments. First Corinthians 12 contains a comprehensive comparison of the physical and spiritual body.

It is the Christian’s calling to function as ONE unit. No one is more or less important; all are vital, necessary, and valuable. When one part of our physical body is hurting, it’s felt throughout the entire body.

It’s time we address and integrate this truth into the body of Christ. Isn’t it time we offer hope to those in need of mental health support? What can you do TODAY that will make a difference in another’s life?

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About Joe Padilla

Joe Padilla is a Baylor University graduate and a licensed and ordained minister with more than 20 years of experience working in international missions, stateside church leadership, and nonprofit and small-business development. Joe’s wife had longstanding mental health challenges, which led him to study and discover a unique scientific and faith approach which helped his wife experience remarkable mental health recovery. With new insight and personal experience, Joe and Dr. Matthew Stanford cofounded the Mental Health Grace Alliance in 2011 to provide simple, innovative, and grace-filled resources and tools to empower the body of Christ.

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