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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

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The sexual revolution, our kids and suicide…a new look

Suicidal thinking and the severity of suicidal behavior are HIGHLY correlated with sexual activity in teens. Continue reading

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Eight things I think about the suicide epidemic

Here are eight thoughts for church leaders and my fellow Christians to consider in making sense  of the suicide epidemic. Continue reading

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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

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The mental health crisis among persons with autism

Perhaps one of the reasons the church has struggled to effectively minister with many persons with autism spectrum disorders is that we don’t do a very good job of welcoming and including children and adults with mental health-related challenges common among persons with autism?  Continue reading

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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

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Is the sexual revolution driving our kids to suicide?

Teens who voluntarily engage in sexual activity or are victims of sexual violence are far more likely to experience suicidal thinking or behavior than their peers. Continue reading

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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

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Why church leaders need to be talking about sexual assault

70 child abuse allegations are made against churches in the US each week. Continue reading

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Updated…What do we know about gender non-conforming kids?

We know that most kids with gender non-conformity become comfortable with their biological sex as they progress through childhood. For those who continue to experience significant gender discordance as adolescents, far too many will have experienced trauma, mental illness, social isolation, self-injury and suicidal thoughts.
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