All posts in Mental Illness

Church Leaders: In Mental Health Ministry, You Need Partners

Every year in the United States, about 20 percent of adults live with a diagnosable mental illness. That’s about equal to the total percentage of people diagnosed with cancer, those living with heart disease, people infected with HIV and AIDS, and those afflicted with diabetes—combined! Although many church leaders aren’t aware how pervasive mental illness […]

Your Disappointment Doesn’t Scare God

At some point, as it has for many of us, life probably has confronted you with the devastating truth that it was not going to live up to your visions and dreams. You had plans for the way your daily life would look, expectations of what your church life would be, and assumptions about the […]

Guest Post: A Holiday Miracle

Enjoy this guest post by my friend FaithMcDonald. Faith is a teacher, a writer, and a parent of a son with mental illness. I hope you’ll be encouraged by her experience. “How was your holiday?” a friend recently asked. “I experienced a holiday miracle,” I confided. I shared my experience, and she agreed. Holiday miracle. […]

“One Day You’re Going to Help Somebody”

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Charity Muhammad. As you may know, I started a new job a few months ago, as an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers, and Charity is one of my co-workers. As I’ve gotten to know her and a bit of her story, I’ve become eager to tell you […]

How Worry Hurts Us—And Faith Can Heal

Our society is frantic with worry. You’ve probably noticed. Worry is expected of responsible people. We equate worry with good citizenship and awareness. We actually pressure each other to keep worrying. We are expected to remain on emotional “high alert” as evidence that we care about the world around us. Other people want us to […]

Video Post: Thoughts on Mental Illness and Violence

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, I share some thoughts here on the often-assumed connection between mental illness and violence. What can you do this week to help decrease stigma and fear?

Don’t Just Redecorate Your Life–Redesign It!

Last year, on one of my speaking trips, I stayed in a hotel room that gave me the impression I had stepped back in time. I don’t mean this in a good way, like when you stay at a bed and breakfast in a lovely old house from the Victorian era, with lace curtains and […]

Mental Health and the Church: A Book Review

I’m so excited to review this book for you. It’s taken me a while to get around to doing this because the book released earlier this year, at the same time as my new book. I’ve had plenty to do, spreading the word about Blessed Are the Unsatisfied. I want to highlight this book now […]

How to Help a Friend with Mental Illness

“I just don’t know how to help.” I hear this a lot. Whether I’m speaking on the subject of mental illness, talking with someone who is concerned about a friend, or reading an email message, I often hear from people who care deeply about others and want to help ease their suffering. But they don’t […]

Guest Post: One Simple Key to Thriving with Mental Illness

Please enjoy this guest post by my friend Brandon Appelhans. Brandon leads My Quiet Cave, an organization he cofounded to help fill the gap between the church and the world of mental health (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about him and his work). Brandon lives with his own […]

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