Church Mental Health Summit

89: Walking Resiliently Alongside A Loved One With A Mental Health Or Addiction Challenge

When it comes to mental health, many individuals, including married couples, may not have a comprehensive understanding of mental health and its impact. They may not recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, which can make it difficult to initiate a conversation about them. 

Moreover, some people may underestimate the seriousness of mental health problems or believe they will resolve on their own, leading to a lack of proactive discussion.

To overcome these challenges, it is important for couples to foster an environment of trust, understanding, and non-judgment. Educating oneself about mental health, normalizing conversations around it, and seeking professional help when needed can also contribute to better mental health communication within marriages.

This is exactly what Erin Ramachandran strives to do through her non-profit organization Mental Health Strong as she has lived through the distress mental health can cause to a marriage firsthand.


In this episode, she shares with us:

  • Her personal story dealing with a spouse struggling with mental health
  • The birth of Mental Health Strong
  • How Mental Health Strong supports marriages around the world



  • “When you're praying for somebody, God really hears so don't give up on the people that you're praying for for a long time because you never know what's going to happen from that.”
  • “It doesn't mean when you hear from God that it’s easy.”
  • “God doesn't promise us where it's not easy, or that it will be easy, but he promises he'll be with us.”
  • “I don't care, I'm going to come into this world and I'm going to leave this world and I don't care if anybody remembers me, I just want to be faithful to Jesus.”


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