Mary is a licensed and nationally certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For over 25 years, Mary served on the staff of Lutheran Counseling Service, Inc. Since retiring in 2013, Mary continues to consult with health ministries, church staff, and individuals on issues of health and wellness in body, mind, and spirit.

Recent Posts by Mary R. Jacob

Whole Health Begins with Mental Health

My professional association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, has as its theme for 2017 “Whole Health Begins with Mental Health . . . Let It Begin with You!” I like this theme because it lifts up the wholeness in which we are created: body, mind, and spirit. It also reminds me that spiritual and emotional health is the foundation for a person’s whole health. Unless we tend to our spiritual and emotional needs, it is not possible to live in a state of health. The body, mind, and spirit are inextricably bound together. The last part of the phrase, “Let it begin with you,” is a good place to start as we seek to serve as advocates for those who suffer with mental illness among us.

I would like to lift up three attitudes and actions that begin with oneself:

Five Mindful Steps to a Mental Health Ministry

In our book Christian Concepts for Care, readers are encouraged to view their church congregation as a source of hope and healing for those with mental health issues, along with their families. A healthy faith community can be a place of acceptance and growth for those who suffer at every age and stage of life.

3 Levels of Care: Tuning Into Body, Mind, and Spirit

Springtime is in the air, with all the hope and new life that goes with this change of season. Sadly, there are times when a person cannot even enjoy the promise of newness that our faith gives. Perhaps the winter has been harsh with loss or disappointments. There may be a diminished resiliency for those who have endured many seasons of loss and change.

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