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Episode 107: Steve Cullum on Helping Students Struggling With Mental Health

In this episode, I talk with Youth Pastor, Steve Cullum, about how to come alongside students in your ministry who are struggling with their mental health. He walks through what it looks like to partner with organizations in your community to equip youth, parents, and leaders to champion students as they walk through mental health struggles. We also have a conversation about Steve’s role in two very different sized churches, in two different parts of the country, what was similar and what was different in those two churches, and what that transition looked like.

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Student Ministry Podcast

LifeBridge Christian Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Student Ministry Podcast – Check out Steve’s podcast on all things youth ministry

Download Youth Ministry – A great resource for content and training videos to use with your leaders and parents

TrainedUp.Church – An online training platform for churches

Research & Stats on Mental Health & Suicide

How to Create a Protocol – A resource from Orange that details how to put a protocol together

Crisis Contact Numbers – A chart of crisis contacts all leaders should have on hand when a tragedy strikes

Serving Families of Students Struggling with Mental Health

  1. Raise awareness
  2. Put resources in their hands, including a contact sheet
  3. Partner with local mental health organizations to host workshops
  4. Build out a crisis protocol
  5. Invite parents and students to trainings, along with leaders

3 Things To Do When a Student is in Harm’s Way or Experiences Harm/Tragedy:

  1. Take them to a safe, public place (if possible with another leader present)
  2. Listen and ask clarifying questions (don’t promise to keep secrets you can’t keep)
  3. Connect with the youth pastor or another pastor on staff right away

Action Items

  1. Talk to some professionals in your community about mental health
  2. Organize a training with students, parents, and leaders at your church
  3. Block out time in your schedule to meet with your key leaders monthly

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  • Steve

    Thanks for having me on the podcast, Nick! Always great to talk student ministry with others. Hoping this will bless your listeners in Jesus’ name!