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Project HELP: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) How Can the Church Respond?

With increases in school shootings, the prevalence of natural disasters and veterans returning from war, our society is keenly aware of the suffering produced by trauma.

Through an initiative called Project HELP, Woman’s Missionary Union identifies a social and moral issue and ties in national projects that help lead the church to address it.

Since the launch of Project HELP in 1994, WMU has focused on a variety of universal problems ranging from hunger and poverty to HIV/AIDS and racial injustice. With each issue, we seek to raise the level of awareness and provide practical approaches anyone can implement to open the door for meeting needs and sharing the gospel.

During 2014-16 WMU will provide resources to help the church explore Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a diagnosable mental disorder. The local church can provide a supportive and education role in the community to minister to those who suffer from PTSD and their families.

Some key facts about PTSD:

  • PTSD is a diagnosable mental health disorder that must be diagnosed by a professional.
  • PTSD is caused by certain events such as sexual abuse, natural disasters, serious accidents, participating in war, etc.
  • Anyone is susceptible to PTSD after a traumatic event.
  • PTSD is experienced around the world, though women are twice as likely to develop it as men.

With the assistance of qualified professionals, WMU has developed a helpful resource, Drawing Near - Understanding and Supporting Those with PTSD.

This Project HELP resource enables the church to become agents of grace to families dealing with PTSD; not a clinical resource, but a helpful tool to make a difference in the lives of those affected by PTSD. This resource kit contains:

  • an overview of PTSD
  • a Bible study on spiritual dimensions of PTSD
  • a focused prayer plan
  • a teaching plan to educate your church
  • PTSD resources for all ages
  • suggested mission projects for all ages
  • ideas for mobilizing a church’s response through care teams
  • posters and visuals to promote involvement in ministry

Click here to order Drawing Near - Understanding and Supporting Those with PTSD or call WMU Customer Service at 800-968-7310 to order product number W144102.

For more information about Drawing Near - Understanding and Supporting Those with PTSD and how to use this resource, or to host a conference in your church or community, contact:

Eva De La Rosa
Woman's Missionary Union & Women's Ministry Specialist
559.229.9533 x. 256
E-mail Eva De La Rosa

Last Published: August 27, 2014 1:19 AM