If you’ve ever felt like people don’t understand what you’re going through in the midst of mental health challenges, know that you are not alone. There are others out there like you. Join me with Paul Gaumer for an eye-opening conversation about Christians and mental health and what we can do to break down the walls of stigma. Let’s shatter the stigma together!
Did you know that 49% of pastors admit they rarely or never speak to their congregation about mental illness? Or, that 35% of Americans say mental illness could be overcome with Bible study and prayer alone? These statistics from Lifeway Research reveal perhaps a stigma attached to therapy, meditation, and/or medical treatment needed for the one in five Americans who suffer from mental illness. Dive into a candid conversation with Stacey McDonald as we navigate the crucial topic of mental health. Together, we’ll challenge the stigma and empower others to have open and honest discussions.
I recently had the opportunity, given to me by a very brave pastor, who asked me to preach on the fact that even Christians get depressed.
I’ve talked to many pastors, who have told me that no one in their church suffers from depression. I then scratch my head and wonder what planet they are on. You only have to open up your Bible to see that Jonah, and Elijah, and Job, and David struggled with depression. David said numerous times, “Why so downcast oh my soul?”
“Why so downcast oh my soul?” I could have written that line back in the day when I walked through the valley of depression.
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