I’m so grateful for all the amazing feedback I received from the survey! I wish I could make all of you the winner of the amazon gift card, because your heartfelt responses truly mean so much to me and will help me to better serve you in the future. Thank you for taking the time to make a difference with your stories.
The winner is…AnneMarie Tanahuvia
What I Learned From You!
What were the top 5 mental health issues that you or a loved one struggles with?
Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder
There were at list of 15 other issues represented as well and that will really help me as I study and seek counsel from doctors and therapists.
What formats of learning did you feel would help you conquer these issues?
Videos, blogs, PDF’s, books.
There were a few others as well that were very insightful!
What has been your experience in seeking help for you or a loved one for mental illness in the church?
These responses truly broke my heart. The majority of you have experienced first hand the stigma of mental illness in the church and some have even given up attending altogether because of the extreme prejudice. My prayer is that, with education and proper training, we can make a difference. On the other hand, I was also encouraged to hear that some of you received direction and guidance from your church community for counseling resources or specialists. The overwhelming consensus seemed to be that we need to talk about it more from the pulpit so that people can understand that it is not a spiritual condition, but that it does effect every part of your life: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
A Recent Video
Here’s a recent video on “How Our Brains and Faith Work Together.” I pray it will shed a light on some of the dark places of stigma.
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