mental health

Meet me in a few? An ongoing relationship with books. – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Brokenhearted. Brain fogged. Exhausted. Anxious. Mid 2014 I found myself in a place I had never been before. I was suffering from severe depression. I had swerved into unknown territory. It was scary and I was embarrassed. How did this happen? I kept working, writing, traveling, trying to be present at home with my family. But there wasn’t room for much else. Seasons like these can last for months and sometimes even years. I wondered when my mind would be…

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A psychiatrist’s thoughts on pastors and suicide – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The most encouraging ministry development I’ve witnessed in 2019 is the way God is calling so many of his people to transform ministry with individuals and families struggling with mental illness. I’m probably aware of five times as many leaders serving in mental health ministry compared to this time last year. The interest is reflected in the volume of requests our ministry team receives for training, resources and support. One organization I hadn’t been aware of until this past week…

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What the Babylon Bee can teach the church about mental health ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The Babylon Bee is one of my guilty pleasures. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Bee is a wickedly funny satire site written by Christians, for Christians – like the Onion, but better – that lampoons politicians of both parties, televangelists, Christian celebrities, denominations, Hollywood and pop culture. More so than anything else, the Bee makes fun of church culture.  If I have a couple of minutes between patients in the middle of the afternoon, I’ll go check…

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Men and Mental Health – Let’s Talk (Pt 1/2) – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); As I write some reflections about “Men and Mental Health”, please note that I have added the caveat of “Let’s Talk”. It’s vitally important that the title is read in its entirety. Now before you get stuck in to the ‘meaty stuff’ about a really complex subject, I feel that I must add the disclaimer that I’m not coming at this subject from the angle of being an academic exponent in this field. It’s…

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Addicted to Control — More Precious – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); I imagine that a lot of you reading will identify with this topic. It’s one of the more accepted idols in our churches. Wanting to control your life, your salvation, your sinful nature…we can all relate to some element of wishing we could micromanage a situation. The other end of this spectrum can express itself in a well-known mental health condition, known as OCD. We’ll be talking about the less severe and more common…

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Addicted to Grace — More Precious – Christian Article

This week, we’ve looked at some of the ways addictions can spiral and snare us in the unforgiving cycle of itching that bite. When it comes to these psychological and spiritual addictions, it actually helps to understand how physical addictions work. When a person takes a ‘hit’ of whatever substance it is, the receptors for that substance in our brain becomes a little bit desensitised. They’ve had it before and, frankly, the hit doesn’t bring the same excitement and satisfaction…

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Men and Mental Health – Let’s Talk (Pt 2/2) – Christian Article

I’m assuming you’ve clicked on to this second blog as you’ve read my first one entitled “Men and Mental Health – Let’s Talk”. If you have not read that I would recommend you do so before progressing any further! Referring back to the ‘Masculinity Report’ carried out by the wonderfully named, “Campaign Against Living Miserably” (CALM), I think it’s good to unpick Professor Damien Ridge’s comments about how men tend to ‘self-medicate’. I can only concur with this view when…

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How to Overcome Anxiety and Depression: An Interview with J.P. Moreland – Christian Article

Nearly 20% of Americans suffer from mental illness—including anxiety and depression—according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and people in church pews are not immune. Because prominent philosopher, author, and professor J.P. Moreland experienced it himself, he has now explored the spiritual and physical aspects of mental illness, and has discovered sound sources of information, treatment, and recovery. Bible Gateway interviewed J.P. Moreland (@jpmoreland) about his book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices…

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Why It Should Matter To You – Healthy Mind Ministry – Christian Article

As a Pastor, you have a charge given to you by God, to attend to his people. Caring for their needs and guiding them through life on the solid foundation of the Word of God, is the calling that has been placed upon your heart. You are to care for God’s people, shepherding them lovingly home to be with our Father in Heaven one day. This call encompasses caring for all their needs. Helping them apply Jesus Christ to their…

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Church Can Be A Scary Place For Those With Mental Health Issues Like Anxiety, PTSD or Depression… – Healthy Mind Ministry – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); For someone living with the many different forms of anxiety or depression, attending church can be next to impossible. We must start accepting the fact that as diverse as the human race is physically, it is also diverse mentally. There are many people who cannot attend a social function of any sorts, no matter if it is in the name of worshiping God, or not. Crowds, noises, and other stimulation become too much for…

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Forget About Stigma, This Is Something Uglier – Discrimination – Healthy Mind Ministry – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); While shopping at the local market recently, I noticed a woman who was helping two gentlemen do their shopping. We have a program in our area that pairs an aid with people who have mental or developmental disabilities to help them do routine tasks, like shopping. As she was helping them through the checkout line the last gentleman started yelling and beating on the shopping cart. She patiently tried to divert his attention but…

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Christians Dealing with Anxiety – CrossTalk S3E17 – Christian Article

Podcast (crosstalk): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Today I would like to invite you to listen to a conversation I had with my friend, Caleb Cochran. This is a conversation about suffering with various types of anxiety. Caleb isn’t a psychiatrist or medical professional, he’s an evangelist for the church in Rockville, Maryland and he has personally suffered with anxiety, so he has a heart for ministering to others who suffer…

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