In recent years, the discourse on mental health and well-being has gained significant attention, and rightfully so. Within the Christian community, the topic of mental health among men has specifically come to the forefront as a crucial area of focus.

In my blog post this week I’ll try to address the challenges and opportunities for Christian men when it comes to addressing mental health and well-being from a biblical perspective and discuss the role of faith, community, and self-care practices in nurturing holistic health.

Christian men often face specific pressures and expectations, both from within and outside their faith community. Such pressures may emanate from societal ideals of masculinity, as well as from within the church itself. These expectations can lead to stress, anxiety, and a sense of isolation, hindering the ability to seek help when facing mental health challenges.


Nothing new under the sun – the Bible provides numerous accounts of individuals facing emotional and mental struggles.

For instance, in the book of Psalms, King David’s raw expressions of anguish and despair in Psalm 42, where he cries out, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” (Psalm 42:5, ESV), offer a profound example of someone grappling with inner turmoil. This demonstrates that emotional struggle is not foreign to those of faith, even to respected figures like David.

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul also alludes to his own personal anguish, mentioning a “thorn in the flesh” that tormented him (2 Corinthians 12:7, ESV), illustrating that even individuals of great faith experienced profound internal challenges.

Acknowledging and addressing mental health from a Christian perspective involves reconciling the complexities of faith, maybe our unique family culture, and individual well-being.

COMMUNITY In addition to our individual faith, fostering a supportive community is vital for nurturing mental health among Christian men. Building strong, authentic relationships with fellow believers can create a network of trust and understanding. In such a community, men can confide in one another, share burdens, and encourage each other in their mental health journey.

Hill Cities strives to facilitate the space men need where men can openly communicate their struggles without fear of judgment. This is part of going deeper with God and each other.

GETTING PRACTICAL Practical self-care practices are essential for maintaining mental well-being. Christian men need to prioritize activities that promote emotional and psychological health. This can include regular physical exercise, hobbies that bring joy and relaxation,

Embracing self-care is not antithetical to the Christian faith; rather, it reflects stewardship of the body and mind, acknowledging that they are precious gifts from God.

Reflective Questions:

  1. How does your Christian community support open discussions around mental health?
  2. In what ways can faith strengthen your resilience in the face of mental health challenges?
  3. What self-care practices have you found beneficial in addressing your emotional and mental well-being within a Christian framework?

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Jeff Hagen
President & Founder
Hill Cities, Inc.

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