A Spiritual Path from Darkness to Hope: Devotions for Your Time in Psychiatric Care

by Chaplain Deb Forstner  |  02/19/2021  |  Prayer Resources

About this Devotion Book: I minister on the psychiatric unit of a hospital as chaplain. This particular ministry has been an interest area of mine for many years, for both professional and personal reasons.

People hospitalized on the unit where I work often have requested spiritual reading materials. Because so many admitted to a hospital due to mental health needs have made suicide attempts or are experiencing strong suicidal ideation, I wanted the devotional to be direct in addressing this and similar concerns.

As a result, I wrote this book for 7-days of devotions, with a prayer to say at the time of and after discharge. Besides chaplains, this resource is something pastors could print and bring along when visiting a congregation member in the hospital. Another possibility would be using pages from this book in one-on-one pastoral care work by clergy, Christian therapists, or others. Finally, small group facilitators in a community program for those struggling with mental illness could use the devotional as a basis for a seven session small group.