RCCG Sunday School Teacher Manual For April 9, 2023 Lesson 32: Topic – Mental Health

RCCG Sunday School Teacher Manual For April 9, 2023 Lesson 32: Topic – Mental Health

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TOPIC: Mental Health

OPENING PRAYER: Father, heal anyone whose health is challenged in Jesus’ name

Students should recall what they learned through the lesson on financial intelligence and mention how the lesson has impacted them.

MEMORY VERSE: “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.” – Isaiah 1:6 (KJV)

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Kings 19:1-4 (King James Version)

1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

LESSON INTRODUCTION: The Bible does not explicitly speak on the topic of mental health. However, it does have a lot to say about the heart, mind, and the condition of the soul. Health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a complete state of physical, mental, and social well being: it’s not just the absence of disease or infirmity. Mental health is important, as it affects the whole being (Prov. 4:23). This lesson addresses mental issues and possible solution.


Praying for death is like a suicide attempt as we could see Elijah vehemently asking the Lord to take away his life in this passage (vs 4).

The teacher should identify the reason Elijah slipped into this kind of kind of state of mind (or so depressed).




i. The teacher should find out what the students understand by “being healthy” “being unhealthy” and “mental illness”

ii. The teacher should define Mental Health according to the World Health Organization (WHO) as follows:
“A state of well-being in which every individual can carry out four roles:
a. Realise his/her potentials
b. Cope with the normal stress of life
c. Work productively
d. Participate meaningfully in the community.

iii. The teacher should define mental ill-health as follows:
“A psychological disorder affecting one’s mood, thinking, and behaviour”.
v. The teacher should further state that mental ill-health includes a broad state of disorders that spans from mild depression to schizophrenia
vi. The teacher should explain the meaning of schizophrenia as a condition that impairs a person’s ability to think, feel, process, and respond, etc, to life situations in an appropriate way.
vii. The teacher should point out that mental illness can distort our view of God, others, and contribute to sinful behaviours.
viii. Teacher should cite some examples of emotional issues/mental illness in the Bible as follows:
a. Depression (1Kgs. 19:1-4; Jonah 4:3),
b. Loneliness (1Kgs. 19:10),
c. Hopelessness (1kgs. 17:9-12),
d. Suicide (Matt. 27:5),
e. Rejection (1Sam. 18:7-8),
f. Insanity (Mk. 5:1-5), etc.

Teacher should ask the students to mention some dangers of mental illness to the individual and society at large.



The teacher should identify the under listed items as some of the factors that can lead to Mental ill-health and comment briefly on them.
i. Child abuse (Prov. 17:22b),
ii. Trauma/neglect (2Sam. 13:19),
iii. Loneliness (1Kgs. 19:10),
iv. Discrimination/oppression (Jam. 2:6),
v. Poverty (Prov. 10:15),
vi. Death/loss of loved one (2Sam. 18:33),
vii. Debt (Prov. 22:7),
viii. Loss of courage/low self-esteem (Num.13:33),
ix. Stress/heavy workload (1Sam. 30:4,6),
x. Difficulty/Challenges (Gen. 34:30),
xi. Spiritual forces (1Sam.16:14)


i. People should understand that failure and challenges are part of human life and should therefore prepare for them (Prov. 24:16; Rom. 8:28; Jam. 1:2-4).
ii. Investing in good social networks and godly relationships are important (2Sam. 9:1).
iii. Loneliness and isolation which are risk factors for depression and suicidal behaviour should be avoided (Prov. 17:22).
iv. Good sleep helps the brain restore itself (Lk. 8:23a).
v. Regular exercise expunges toxic chemicals from the body (1Tim 4:8).
vi. Drug abuse (Self-medication) is not an option for good health.
vii. Healthy thoughts are necessary always (Phil. 4:8).

The teacher should ask the students to mention briefly how believers can live a peaceful, fulfilled and healthy life (Gen. 25:8, Jeremiah 29:11)

God’s desire for all His children is to be healthy, body, soul, and spirit

Good mental health is necessary for good daily living. Therefore, take care of your health (Body, soul, and spirit).

Father, heal your children who are battling with mental Ill health in the name of Jesus.

Identify five (5) Bible characters (in line with lesson outline 1) who had emotional issues and indicate the outcome of their issue whether POSITIVE or NEGATIVE (2×5=10Marks).

RCCG Sunday School HYMN

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    O how I love Thee well,
    I am happy, it makes me glad
    To rejoice at Thy birth.
  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Thy friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.
  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher,
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.
  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee.
  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds black with rain,
    I’ll be in Sunday School.
  6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    I rejoice to see Thee,
    Will thou pass over me today?
    Without my being blest?

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