May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Depression. Bipolar Disorder. Schizophrenia. Mania. Anxiety. Obsessive-Compulsive. Eating Disorders. Sleep Disorders. Autuism. Disassociative Disorder. Oppositional Defiance Disorder. The list goes on and on.
Not only do people with mental health issues face a stigma, but they face a double stigma from fellow Christians. As Christians, when mental health issues manifest themselves, we feel confused about the proper response–can a Christian pray away depression and anxiety? Is it OK to seek help from a mental health professional?
How should we as church members and part of the body of Christ respond when a fellow Chrisian faces a mental health crisis. What about that kid-in-church-who-just-doesn’t-behave-and-it-must-be-the-parent’s-fault? Maybe the parent needs a warm hug from you and an opportunity to sit down over coffee and share about the mental health issues facing their family.
The purpose of this series is to provide a safe place for Christians to share and discuss the mental health issues that are their reality. Mental health issues hurt more than just the person with the diagnosis. It’s time to stop the (double) stigma and educate ourselves with stories from the trenches that give us insight, hope and compassion.Let's all join together to #stopthestigma surrounding #mentalhealth issues. Find out more. Click To Tweet
- Posts should be written in first person and address some aspect of mental health from either a person with a mental health issue’s perspective or a caregiver or family member’s perspective.
- We are looking for posts between 600-1000 words.
- Keep it clean and family friendly.
- Include a short bio with a recent photo of yourself. If you want to remain anonymous, that’s ok, too. Just let us know.
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- On the day your post goes live, you are welcome to respond to any comments left by our readers.
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