As a Christian and someone who has suffered/suffers from depressive episodes, I have an incredible passion for educating the Church of God on the topic of Mental Disorders. I believe that we, as a body of believers, have done too little in the order of sharing hope to the hopeless. This is why I have written this article for my good friend, Briley.
Where has the Church gone wrong in aiding those who suffer from mental disorders? What did Jesus do and say about these kinds of illnesses? I hope to answer these questions in the article linked below.
When you are finished reading this article, if you missed out on the first part of a new, comedic short story I posted, you can check it out here: The Dastardly Adventures of Bard, the Disgruntled Elf: Part I Part II will be available tomorrow!
I hope that this post finds you being able to relax on this Saturday, in American time at least. If it does not, I sincerely hope that wherever you are, you will feel the love of Christ deeply.
You are loved.
You are valued.
“More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease (7 million), cancer (6 million) and AIDS (200,000) combined.”
“About 15 percent of the population will suffer from clinical depression at some time during their lifetime. Thirty percent of all clinically depressed patients attempt suicide; half of them ultimately succeed.”
“Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among those 5-14 years old.”
“Suicide is the third leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old.”
“Over 60 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.”
There is an estimated 40,000 American men and women who commit suicide each year.
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