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  • From   Date 3/5/2021 12:00:00 AM

    Prior to the release of our Valentine’s Day issue, I remember messaging someone over Tinder who had listed Julien Baker as one of their top musical artists. After years of not meeting a single person who shares the same respect, my first instinct was to let them know how pleasantly surprised I was. They replied with something along the lines of “Are none of your friends gay and depressed?” 

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  • From   Date 1/19/2021 12:00:00 AM

    For decades, New Hampshire Bishop A. Robert Hirschfeld quietly sought treatment for depression, reluctant to admit publicly to the mental health condition underlying his otherwise jovial personality. Hirschfeld, who was consecrated in 2012, feared that his ministry might be hampered if he “came out” as depressed.



  • From I Couldn't Fix Myself   Date 11/14/2020 12:00:00 AM

    In December 2019, Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln announced he was going on a medical leave of absence. Citing diagnoses of depression and anxiety, as well as chronic insomnia and debilitating tinnitus (a constant ringing of the ears), the bishop said in a public statement that he would be receiving psychological as well as medical treatment.


  • From   Date 2/9/2020 12:00:00 AM

    In most industries, federal laws protect workers with disabilities, including mental illness. Church is an exception. Employees including pastors are still regularly fired after disclosing mental-health problems. For eight years, Brady Herbert led a booming church in Waco, Texas. The congregation had a couple hundred members.


  • From   Date 1/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

    Lead pastor Kurt Lange at East Coast International Church north of Boston texted Kristen Kansiewicz, “How do you know if a person is emotionally healthy?” While that is a big question — one Kansiewicz ended up writing an entire book about, instead of just responding in a text — it’s not uncommon for Kansiewicz, a licensed counselor and staff member at East Coast Internatio, to get texts like that as Lange or one of the other pastors is writing their sermon.


  • From   Date 12/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

    It’s been six years now since Saddleback Church co-founders Rick and Kay Warren tragically lost their son Matthew to suicide. The 27-year-old had suffered from depression since the age of 7. 
    Being the founders of one of the country’s largest and most developed megachurches, Kay admits that she and Rick struggled at first with how to understand and accept their son’s.


  • From   Date 11/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

    Pastors today have a lot on their plates and the stresses of leadership, burnout, and moral failures are all too real. We are running a series of articles talking about some key struggles for pastors today. On Friday, December 6, in partnership with the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy, the Billy Graham Center is hosting a one-day conversation on leadership, burnout, and mental health. 


  • From   Date 11/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

    Ifirst met Kay Warren a few years ago when we served together on a federal task force focused on the intersection of faith and mental health, a topic that has touched both our lives in profound ways. Like many Christian women, I’d followed her from a distance for decades, admiring her advocacy on HIV/AIDS issues and global orphan care and tracking all that God was doing through her and her husband.


  • From   Date 10/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

    Addressing the African Biblical Leadership Initiative conference in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday, he spoke movingly about the death by suicide of his son Matthew six years ago after a lifetime's battle with depression and the support that he and his wife Kay had received. He recalled discussing his son's acute mental distress with him and having to tell him there were some problems that had to.


  • From   Date 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

    Is the church dismissing mental health issues with prayer as a solo act? Far too often, the answer is yes. A student recently wrote a letter about his friend’s experience with clinical depression and the church. The friend was told he needed to pray and read the Bible more because he obviously was not doing something right. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon among religious thinking.


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