All posts in Mental Health

Remember, Mental Illness Doesn’t Tell the Full Story

In the history of this world, no one has told more lies than the father of lies himself. But mental illness plays a close second. Earlier this week, Irish singer Sinead O’Connor posted a video on Facebook, claiming she was alone in a hotel room in New Jersey, she was without support, and everyone she […]

16 Resources for Mental Health Ministry

If you’re in ministry, people come to you with all sorts of needs and concerns. We know you’re no superhero, as much as you might want to fix all that troubles the folks in your care. Sometimes you don’t even have answers. But most of time you know there’s something you can offer: a prayer, […]

Someone You Should Know – Joe Padilla of Mental Health Grace Alliance (Part 2)

Every now and then, I like to write about people or organizations I think you should know. In this post, I present part 2 of my conversation with Joe Padilla, co-founder, president, and CEO of Mental Health Grace Alliance. I often mention this organization when I speak, or when people ask me about Christian resources […]

Someone You Should Know: Joe Padilla of Mental Health Grace Alliance (Part 1)

Every now and then, I like to write about people or organizations I think you should know. In this post, I’m featuring an organization I often mention when I speak, or when people ask me about Christian resources to help individuals and families affected by mental illness: Mental Health Grace Alliance. I talked with Joe […]

Video Post: Mental Illness Is Not as Unique as We Think

What if mental illness is not all that different from other forms of illness? What if we already know how to help? I think if we believed this, we would respond with more courage, level-headedness, and effectiveness. Check out this video for my thoughts on the matter. Enjoy!

No Cause for Shame: Understanding Anxiety Disorders

You know the feeling. Your heart pounds, your breath quickens, your vision slides into sharp focus. As adrenaline courses through your veins, your skin temperature changes and every muscle in your body tenses, ready to fight or flee. Calm down, you tell yourself. It’s just a shadow. You take a few deep breaths, emit a […]

Your Pain Comes with Possibilities

It seemed like a good idea at the time. They would borrow the camping gear collecting dust in the garage, and they would head to the mountains to enjoy a night under the stars. Two college buddies enjoying the great outdoors. Trevor, the young man who would later become my husband, grew up in Colorado. […]

Q&A: How Do We Ask for Help When Living with Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

How Small Groups Can Help People Affected by Mental Illness

Most people don’t talk much about mental illness. And because of this silence, many of us have the misconception that mental illness is something rare, something that happens to unusual people at the margins of society. We couldn’t be more wrong. Every year in the United States, more than 20 percent of adults suffer from […]

Stressed-Out Young People Need to Hear Your Stories

A few years ago, a study revealed the youngest generations of adults in America are also the most stressed. In one sense, this is no big surprise, given the economic and social factors influencing quality of life and near-future prospects for Millennials—adults ages 13 to 35—and for Gen Xers, whose scores are virtually tied with […]

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