Mental Health. RCCG Sunday School Manual.
Mental Health. RCCG Sunday School Manual.
Opening Prayer: Father, heal anyone whose health is challenged in Jesus name.
Previous Knowledge: Students should review the previous week’s lesson by recalling the lessons acquired.
Memory Verse: From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundress in it, but wounds, and purifying sores; they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment“- Is. 1:6.
Bible Passage: 1 Kings 19:1-4.
The Bible does not explicitly speak on the topic of mental health. However, it does have a lot to say about the heart, mind and the condition of the soul. Health is defined by the World Health Organisation as a complete state of physical, mental and social well being. It is not just the absence of disease or infirmity. Mental Health , as it affects the whole being. (Prov. 4:23). This lesson addresses mental issues and possible solutions.
To study the concept of mental health.
Through the lesson,students should be able to:
a. Understand the meaning of mental health.
b. Discover the causes and solutions to mental illness.
To achieve the above stated objectives, the teacher should:
Text Review: 1 kings 19:1-4.
Praying for death is like a suicide attempt as we could see Elijah vehemently asking the Lord to take away his life in this passage (v4).
-The teacher should identify a few reasons why Elijah was depressed.
The teacher should apply Lecture and Discussion teaching methods to deliver the lesson.
The teacher should apply two-lesson outlines of teaching time.
- MENTAL HEALTH DEFINED
- CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
LESSON OUTLINE ONE: MENTAL HEALTH DEFINED
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Mental Health as a state of well-being in which every individual can carry out four roles:
a. Realise his/her potentials.
b. Cope with normal stress of life.
c. Work productively.
d. Participate meaningfully in the community.
Mental Health includes our emotional, physiological and social well being.
Mental ill-health, in contrast, is a psychological disorder affecting one’s mood, thinking and behavior. The term mental illness covers a broad range of disorders from mild depression to schizoprenia- a condition that impairs a person’s ability to think, feel process and respond to life situations in an appropriate way. Mental illness can distort our view of God and others and as well contribute to sinful behavior.
There are some cases of emotional issues in the Bible such as depression (1 Kings 19:1-4; John 4:3), loneliness (1 Kings 19:1)), hopelessness (1 Kings 17:9-12), suicide (Matt. 27:5), rejection (1 Sam. 18:7-8), insanity (Mark 5:1-5) etc.
LESSON OUTLINE TWO: CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
God’s desire for believers is to live a peaceful and fulfilled life (Genesis 25:8; Jer. 29:11). However, there are some believers who are not operating in this realm of God’s intention for them. This may be as a result of some of these factors: childhood abuse (Prov. 17:22b), trauma/neglect (2 Sam. 13:19), loneliness (1 Kings 18:10), discrimination/oppression (James 2:6), poverty (Proverbs 10:15), loss of a loved one (2 Sam. 18:33), debt (Prov. 22:7), low self-esteem (Numbers 13:33), heavy workload/severe stress (1 Sam. 30:4,6) , family difficulties / challenges (Gen. 34:30) etc. in some cases, spiritual forces have a direct effect on mental health (1 Sam. 16:14; Mark 3:1-5).
To overcome mental ill-health and enjoy emotional well-being, believers must understand that:
- Failure and challenges are part of human life (Prov. 24:16; Romans 8:28; James 1:2-4).
- Investing in good social networks and godly relationships are important (2 Sam. 9:1).
- Loneliness and isolation are risk factors for depression and suicidal behavior should be avoided (Prov. 17:22).
- Good sleep helps the brain restore itself (Prov. 3:24; Jer. 31:26; Luke 8:23a).
- Regular exercise expunges toxic chemicals from the body (1 Timothy 4:8).
- Drug abuse (self medication) is not an option for good health.
- Healthy thoughts are necessary always (Prov. 4:8).
CONCLUSION: Good mental health is neccesary for good daily living. Therefore, take care of your health (body, soul and spirit).
- What is mental health ?
- Mention four (4) causes of mental ill-health and their solutions.
Identify five (5) Bible characters (in line with lesson outline 1) who had emotional issues and indicate the outcome of their isses whether POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE (2×5=10 Marks).
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