• Christians Combat Depression and Suicide Too; Pastors and Ministers share How They Get Through by J. Law

Christians combat depression and suicide too; pastors and ministers share how they get through by J. Law

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The depression rate worldwide is on a continual rise and Christians are not immune.

With multiple headlines of pastors who died by suicide throughout the United States, The Christian Post decided to reach out to ministers to talk about how they combat their darkest moments.  

…Despite the increasing notice of depression and suicide nationally, the resources to help people in the church struggling with these thoughts or feelings are scarce.

According to the World Health Organization, depression at its worst leads to suicide and it affects 300 million people worldwide.

It’s estimated that 15 percent of people will experience depression at some point in their adult lives.

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• Suicide Runs In Family (2019 Study) by N. Rahhal

Suicide Runs In Family (2019 Study) by N. Rahhal

Suicide Runs In Family (2019 Study)

Suicide may run in families that tend to suffer from mental illnesses, a new study finds.

The tenth leading cause of death in the US, 47,173 Americans died by suicide in 2017.

The new study, conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggests that families in which social anxiety is more common may also be at greater risk for suicide attempts.

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• When Your Child Is Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts, Simply ‘More Faith’ Isn’t the Answer by S. Lynn

When Your Child Is Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts, Simply ‘More Faith’ Isn’t the Answer by S. Lynn

When Your Child Is Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts, Simply ‘More Faith’ Isn’t the Answer by S. Lynn

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Kelly Rosati has four adopted children. Three of them have a serious mental illness. And one thing she doesn’t like to hear is that her problems would be solved if her faith was stronger.

“This idea that as Christians, if we were just spiritual enough, that somehow Christianity teaches we wouldn’t experience these things — I’ve seen so many people suffer and have their faith crumble because of those lies,” Rosati said in an interview with Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren this week.  

After Rosati and her husband, John, were unable to have their own children, the couple began the adoption journey through the foster care system.

Several of her children were born addicted to drugs or exposed to alcohol in utero, she said. Among her four children, three have dealt with suicidality. One has bipolar disorder and another has schizophrenia.

Her children have been in and out of emergency rooms and residential psychiatric care facilities. One, the youngest, is currently at a residential facility.

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• Christianity Did Not Help Me, It Did Not Work For Me

I was a very devout Christian from childhood up to my early, maybe mid, forties.

These days, I don’t know what I am (religiously speaking).

As I look back over my life, I can see that not only did the Christian faith not help me much, but as some of its teachings were taught to me, it created obstacles in my life, and kept me stuck in harmful patterns or ways of thinking.

Supposing there is an afterlife with a Heaven and a Hell, and acceptance of Christ means a ticket into Heaven upon death, that works out just fine. I can sure see how that is beneficial later on.

Christianity, though, did not really help me with very much in the present life.

Any pain, problems, or stress I’ve had so far were not relieved by the Christian faith.

Prayer, Bible reading, believing in Jesus, volunteering at charities, attending church – none of that alleviated my problems.

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• As Churches Struggle to Help Christians With Mental Illness, Many Flee by Leonardo Blair

As Churches Struggle to Help Christians With Mental Illness, Many Flee

I am not surprised by this. I was diagnosed with clinical depression at a young age, and I also had Social Anxiety Disorder, and to this day, I still have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

During all that time, I was a devout Christian, but Christianity never brought me relief or healing from depression or anxiety.

Some Christians I met along the way (and a few I’ve met recently) do not understand mental illness. They incorrectly assume that mental health issues are purely spiritual and can be “prayed away.” They cannot.

Please note in the reporting below that Christian ignorance and insensitivity about mental health problems have caused some to reject the Christian faith.

As Churches Struggles to Help Christians With Mental Illness, Many Flee by Leonardo Blair 

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As studies continue to show how ill-equipped many churches are in ministering to Christians who struggle with mental illness, some who were once among the faithful are now speaking out about how the spiritualizing of their conditions in church culture forced them to flee.

In a recent discussion sparked by a rant in a subreddit of more than 40,000 anonymous former Christians, many shared stories about how they were forced to suffer as their evangelical churches and family members urged them to pray away conditions such as bipolar disorder, anxiety and ADD before they were finally able to get help.

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• After Struggle with Mental Illness, Megachurch Pastor Fatally Shoots Himself

After Struggle with Mental Illness, Megachurch Pastor Fatally Shoots Himself

As this news story shows, even a church preacher can struggle with depression and suicidal ideation.

Christians, most of you continue to teach a false “mental health gospel” that either goes like this:

“Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior will make you immune from  mental health problems,”
Or, your false mental health Gospel goes like this:
“Okay, you’re already a Christian, you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior, so if you are experiencing depression, or some other sort of mental health issue, it’s you’re fault, and you can fix it by (-insert spiritual activity here, e.g, more Bible reading, church attendance, prayer, etc-).”

(I’ve even seen some Southern Baptists reason in that manner, when they always scoff at other Christians who believe in a Physical Health and Wealth Gospel.)

The truth is, Jesus is not the answer for everything, the Bible is not a solution for everything, and the Christian faith does not make everything right in a person’s life.

Being a Christian – one who led a church no less – certainly did not heal this man of his problem with depression.

Jesus may be great for keeping someone out of Hell when they die, but the older I get, I’m having a difficult time seeing what use Jesus is for earthly problems.

After struggle with mental illness, megachurch pastor Jim Howard fatally shoots himself

by L. Blair

Jim Howard, lead pastor of the Valencia campus of the more than 6,000 member Real Life Church in California fatally shot himself in the head at home Wednesday after a protracted battle with mental illness.

“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm we suffered a tragic loss on our church staff this week. On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Jim Howard — a beloved pastor here at RLC — took his own life,” Rusty George, lead pastor of Real Life Church began in a statement released on Facebook last Thursday.

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