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The Mission

Dr. Sells at Regent University and The Church Cares have been documenting and responding to the mental health crisis.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are 57.8 million people who have unaddressed mental health needs (NIMH, 2021). 

77% of counties in the United States face a shortage of behavioral health professionals (National Council for Behavioral Health, 2022). 

In 1986, the annual spending on mental health issues was $32 billion...

               In 2009, it was $171.7 billion...

               In 2020, it was 280.5 billion...

          (Mortimer-Mitchell, Overfelt, & Sells, 2024) 

These needs are expanding faster than our ability to train professionals to address them, and we don't have funds to pay for the growing need and professional workforce.

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Our Team 

Through a generous grant from the National Christian Foundation, The Charis Institute and the 7 Cup of Tea Foundation have launched The Church Cares. 

The Charis Institute is a resource and research center within Regent University's College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Its focus is mental health, marriage, family, and the church. 

7 Cups of Tea is the world's largest emotional support system with over 300,000 trained volunteer helpers and more than 25 million people helped. 

Together, they have developed a program to resource churches of any size and denomination to address care ministries in key areas of human need. 

Meet the Team

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