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Are kids from devoutly Christian families with same-sex attraction at higher risk of suicide?
In the absence of any data supporting an association between traditional religious beliefs and increases in suicidal thinking or behavior in children and adolescents, suggesting an ethical mandate exists to influence kids with same-sex attraction to leave their places of worship for more “affirming” congregations or suggesting parents need to “process their religious commitments in light of evidence-based recommendations” is extremely premature at best, demonstrates an extraordinary lack of cultural sensitivity and ignores the ways in which spiritual formation and church attendance may help mitigate the increased risk of suicidal behavior among sexual minority youth. Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged adolescents, churches, families, religion, research, same-sex attraction, stigma, suicide 3 Comments
A letter to #MyYoungerSelf
The Child Mind Institute has launched the #MyYoungerSelf campaign during Mental Health Month to counter the stigma for the 1 in 5 children struggling with these disorders. This May actors, athletes, social influencers, business people and others are sending a message of hope about their experiences growing up with a mental health or learning disorder. Here’s a letter from the leader of our ministry team to an eleventh grade boy who was going through a difficult time. Continue reading
Mental illness and violence…What does the data say?
If we could eradicate all mental illness, we would reduce acts of violence by approximately 4%. Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged homicide, mental illness, school shootings, stigma, suicide, violence 3 Comments
Mental illness didn’t cause the church shooting in Texas
EVIL is the root cause of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and the shootings in churches in rural Texas, Nashville, and several years ago, at an historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. As a society, we seek to minimize the existence of evil because recognition of evil threatens our shared delusion that any absolute standard of right and wrong exists. Continue reading
“A gateway drug to the devil”
A young wife and teacher nearly ends up dead after following the counsel of a pastor and his wife to stop taking psychiatric medications that were helping her to lead a productive life. This is spiritual abuse. Continue reading
Catherine Boyle… Stepping Into Mental Health Ministry: Understand Who Your Church Is and Find the Champions
Before launching the Ironbridge Baptist Church mental health pilot, I spent months talking and meeting with individuals of influence within the church community, many with ‘lived experience.’ The goal of such conversations was ultimately to generate support for the idea that we could – as a faith community – be much more upfront about the reality of mental illness, in all its various forms – and begin truly supporting one another. Continue reading
Does the media use persons with mental illness as scapegoats for violence?
A new study suggests the media implicates mental illness as a cause of violence with increasing frequency and in doing so, is complicit in increasing the stigma experienced by persons with mental illness and their families.
Posted in Advocacy, Controversies, Mental Health Tagged Dr. Beth McGinty, Johns Hopkins University, media, mental illness, Orlando, scapegoats, stigma, violence Leave a comment
I am not depression
But I know this for certain. My depression is the illness I fight, not my identity. I’m empowered to share more with others. I am comfortable asking for prayer. I am open about the scary, difficult parts of my mental health story. Continue reading
The societal ruin of the term ‘depression’ and other hurtful comments about mental illness
We regularly watch TV shows and movies that treat mental illness, and people who have such illnesses, as one big joke.
My Depression: no longer under lock and key
I wrote this book because the stigma about mental illness in our Christian circles is alive and well. How can a believer in Jesus have suicidal ideations? How can a Christian often feel no hope? What about fullness in Christ? Continue reading