Some quotes on mental health and the church
The church ought to be a safe place for caring for those with all forms of illnesses: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritualPastor Curtis Lowe,
“It’s really rooted in superstition and a misunderstanding of what mental illness is,”Amy Simpson
Despite all the advances in treatment, despite all the ways in which our culture has become more enlightened and compassionate, somehow mental illness remains in a category of its own, regarded as some sort of peculiar affliction that is best dealt with by toughing it out, straightening up, putting one’s will into play and hiding any evidence of possible symptoms.Kathy Hurt
THE LACK OF ATTENTION TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE BOTH BY THE CHURCH AND SECULAR SOCIETY HAS LEFT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS STIGMATIZED.Gladys Mwiti
Things Never to Say to Someone Suffering from Mental Illness
- Oh snap out of it already
- Cheer up
- Smile, you’ll feel better
- Get over it
Or my personal “fave”
- Your faith is weak, just pray it away
If only it were that simple.
I have suffered from bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety since I was 17.
21 years. It’s been 21 years. Actually, I started having panic attacks when I was 13 so yeah, around 25 years.
So for a quarter of a century I have been dealing with mental illness. I never looked at it like that before.
Yes, I’m A Christian and Bipolar
Yes, it is possible to be a Christian, to have the love of the Lord in you and still struggle with a mental illness. The two CAN coexist! Because guess what? Mental illness? Yeah, it doesn’t discriminate. It can strike anyone at any given time. It’s a chemical imbalance.
Its Not a Lack of Faith Issue
I have suffered from depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder for many years. I was told by someone once that my faith was not strong enough and that’s why I was suffering. I’ll never forget that.
But it’s not a faith issue. What if what I had was physical? Diabetes, or cancer? We don’t question those illnesses so why is mental illness any different? According to Ed Stetzer,
We can talk about diabetes and Aunt Mable’s lumbago in church—those are seen as medical conditions, but mental illness–that’s somehow seen as a lack of faith.
Mental illness is a chemical imbalance in the brain. It shouldn’t be treated any differently from a physical illness.
I have actually been told that mental illness is “all in your head.” Ummm….well yes…..it is! Where else would it be? My kidney?
Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden; it is easier to say, “my tooth is aching” than to say “my heart is broken.”C.S. Lewis
25 years, y’all. 25 years!