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Tag Archives: Depression
Caring for our neighbors in a COVID-19 mental health crisis
Here’s why I’d recommend Psychological First Aid to any pastor or church leader interested in quickly building capacity to care for large numbers of hurting people during the pandemic. Continue reading
Flattening the curve of the COVID-19 mental health epidemic to come
What can we do now to mitigate the mental health impact of steps being taken to control spread of the virus? Continue reading
Posted in Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged anxiety, church, coronavirus, COVID-19, Depression, epidemic, flatten the curve, Key Ministry, mental illness, Nils Smith, PTSD, Stephen Grcevich MD 1 Comment
It’s the hidden disabilities that keep kids out of church
The study found that the children most likely to be excluded from church are those with autism spectrum disorders and common mental health conditions – anxiety, depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD. Continue reading
Posted in Autism, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, Key Ministry, Mental Health, Strategies Tagged ADHD, Andrew Whitehead, anxiety, Autism, children's ministry, church attendance, Depression, Disability Ministry, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, mental health and the church, mental health ministry resources, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Special Needs Ministry, youth ministry Leave a comment
The Gospel and Depression…Gillian Marchenko
I speak about depression. I write books. But shame exists deep within. Part of the reason (outside of the battle of the mind) is because the stigma is alive in churches. “You are less spiritual than others,’ my illness whispers in my ear. “You can’t be a Christian and depressed,” I believe the enemy chimes in.
Posted in Depression, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged Depression, Gillian Marchenko, Key Ministry, mental health, mental health ministry, the Gospel 1 Comment
What if Mom is depressed?
An argument can be made that it’s very important to get the entire family to church if any member of that family is affected by depression. So, what can the local church or individuals from the local church do to help mom (or dad) and the entire family? Continue reading
Posted in Depression, Inclusion, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged children, church, Depression, Inclusion, Key Ministry, mental health ministry, outreach, Parents, Stephen Grcevich MD 1 Comment
ADHD, suicide, African-American boys…and how churches might help
Is the stigma against treatment of mental illness generally, and treatment of ADHD specifically a contributing factor to the difference in rates of completed suicide among African-American children and other ethnic groups? Continue reading
Dylan Dodson: Can a Christian Suffer from Depression? My Story
Pain and grief were emotions created by God, you should not feel guilty for feeling them. Being depressed does not mean you no longer love Jesus or that Jesus no longer loves you. Continue reading
How dads are impacted when kids have disabilities
You may silently grieve the loss of aspirations you had for your child as well as your inability to share experiences with your child that you dreamed of doing together. Continue reading
More questions about the effectiveness of antidepressants in kids…
The professional community, parents and families hold assumptions about the effectiveness of psychotropic medication, especially medication for depression, that are unrealistic based upon our understanding of the research literature. Continue reading
Five thoughts regarding marriage and depression…Gillian Marchenko
Couples fighting mental illness often ask us what they can/should do when one spouse is depressed. Continue reading
Posted in Depression, Families, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged Depression, family, Gillian Marchenko, Key Ministry, marriage, mental health ministry, Still Life Leave a comment