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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month

May is mental health month. An observance established in 1949 by Mental Health America to promote awareness, provide vital resources and education, and advocate for the mental health and well-being of all.

At Columbia Theological Seminary, we place an emphasis on mental health and wellness within the campus culture of the seminary. We understand the need for personal care, crisis destabilization, and mental health and that we are forming leaders for the church and the world who need and will need to care for their souls while caring for the souls of others.

We embrace the theme and spirit for mental health month: Where to Start: Mental Health in a Changing World. As Mental Health America notes, “In a world that is constantly evolving, it can be overwhelming to navigate the various challenges and changes happening around us. The pressures of work, relationships, and societal factors, like politics, climate change, and the economy, can significantly impact our mental well-being, sometimes even more than we realize.”

It is with that in mind that we provide these resources designed to help you care for your souls and for the souls of others.

During the month of May, and beyond, we will be adding content to this page – videos from faculty and staff, and blogs to provide more on this important topic. Come back to this page and follow us on social media to find out when new content is added.

Blog Posts

In his Dr. G. & Friends Blog, Dr. Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, addresses mental health and church well-being.

Through its Center for Lifelong Learning, Columbia has other resources to help guide you along your journey.


Rev. Lindsay Geist discusses the importance of mental health for our students and for pastors.
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes shares why self-care is important and a few tips for how you can incorporate self-care into your everyday. Dr. Walker-Barnes has published Sacred Self-Care: Daily Practices for Nurturing Our Whole Selves a seven-week guide to help you shift your behaviors and create lifelong habits to care for your whole self— mind, body, and soul. Learn more.