Two former Scientologists recount the suicides of their loved ones and treatment of mental illness by the institution.
Within the Pakistani-Muslim community in the United States, the attitudes towards mental illness have remained as negative as ever. Among the uneducated or superstitious, mental illness is a supernatural affliction, possibly from djinn possession.
“I think of mindfulness meditation as almost a rebellion against natural selection,” Robert Wright says. “Natural selection is the process that created us. It gave us our values. It sets our agenda, and Buddhism says, ‘We don’t have to play this game.’ “
Religious magazines and newspapers are a way to reach people suffering with mental health problems and give them a message of hope. There is often stigma surrounding this topic that causes additional and needless pain to both the sufferer and those around them. This can go on for years and through generations.
Family told members of the nongovernmental National Commission for Child Protection that they shackled their son to prevent him from disturbing the community. They come from a poor family where there is little awareness of mental health conditions. His parents believe he has a spiritual problem and consulted a faith healer but without success.
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Katie Dale, a young woman with bipolar disorder who was convinced by a pastor to discontinue her medication and instead put her faith in God to heal her. Unsurprisingly, going off her meds plunged Katie into a serious bipolar Read more
I don’t remember when I first noticed my mother’s depression. Nor can I point to the exact moment(s) in her life that triggered her illness. But I’m certain that poverty, motherhood, workplace stress, and deep-seated childhood traumas were contributing factors. In her most vulnerable moments, my mother found solace in her Bible.
Muslim Women’s Experiences with Stigma, Discrimination and Abuse Are Associated with Depression in America
“Our findings have implications for clinical care, public health practice and policy, because a depressed Muslim American woman may be discriminated against due to her religion and mental health,” said Henna Budhwani, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB School of Public Health. “These women face a double jeopardy, of sorts.”
Oh, that I might see only the best in me. My heart that shares, my heart that cares. If my eyes could only see all the beauty that resides in me. My ears that hear many things that are so dear, the feelings that I can’t contain, the joy of being sane.
Rania Awaad, a psychiatrist based at the Stanford School of Medicine, has created and grown the Muslims and Mental Health Lab. The multidimensional research lab is dedicated to facilitating the study of mental health in Muslim communities and is the first and only of its kind in the nation.
Preliminary findings presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting indicated significant need and impact of a program that integrated spirituality into psychiatric care.
This year, a student asked for prayer for her mental health. I was struck by her courage and transparency. Rarely, if ever, have I heard someone ask for prayer for one’s own mental health in a seminary classroom or a church home community gathering. Why is that?
The more we inform our communities about the importance of treating mental health, the more we can prevent tragedies and help people live a fulfilling life regardless of their mental and emotional challenges. There is a need for Friday sermons across the country discussing our responsibility as practicing Muslims to treat ourselves and our families Read more
Researchers, students, mental health professionals and religious leaders will gather on April 13-14 to attend the ninth annual Muslim Mental Health Conference.
The organization declined an on-camera interview to discuss the memo, but a spokesperson says they want all their patients to feel included, by creating a space where they are comfortable. Austin-Travis County Integral Care works with children and adults living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more…
Pastor Michael Walrond Jr. is making a tremendous stride towards destigmatizing mental illness in the black community by providing free mental health services to Harlem residents. Read more…
Whether it’s shamans from Ecuador to Russia or Christian religious leaders from the US, various regions and religions across the globe use faith healers.
Despite a Supreme Court ruling a decade ago, many states still execute inmates with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. And Catholic advocates say the rules need to change.
Although Buddhism is primarily known as a spiritual tradition, it is also a lifestyle that encompasses the mind in almost all forms of practice. “Buddhism is known as the science of the mind,” clarified Jude Demers, a practicing Buddhist who lives with mental illness.
My pastor told me it was a sin not to feel joy. Here’s what happens when churches ignore mental illness.
I’ve been a Christian for 21 years. None of my pastors have ever mentioned mental illness in a substantive way in a sermon or during a church-wide meeting. Maybe one pastor has touched on mental illness in a few of his sermons.
In the early 1960s, Howard E. Butt Jr. was both a prominent Texas business executive and a rising star in Christian preaching. But in retrospect, the most important quality Howard E. Butt Jr. had was a touch of self-awareness.
I keep it no secret that my past was ridden with mental health issues—ones that kept me from wanting to live for much of my teenage life. I’m very vocal about this truth, and I will continue to be as long as my story may have an impact on others who need to hear it.
A group of pastors is suing Illinois over a law that bars therapists and counselors from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation, saying in a Thursday filing that the prohibition violates free speech and religious rights.
On August 26 and 27 The Bexar County Health Collaborative will present a city-wide conference on mental health at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time this conference will bring the faith community in San Antonio together with groups from across the city to discuss mental health.
How much oversight should faith-based treatment programs have? Alex Jacobsen nearly took his own life after entering the Dream Center in Spencer and his family is asking what can be done to prevent it from happening to another family.
At one of the National Action Network convention’s most popular discussions, panelists talked about trauma, God and healing in the African-American community.
Tennessee’s Senate passed a bill Monday that would permit mental health workers to turn away patients based on the counselors’ religious principles. The bill is now on its way to the governor.