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.
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My personal and professional life have centered on helping others and making our world a better place. Thus, I now find myself being a hybrid of a clergyperson and mental health provider. This combination of two disciplines seems to many not to have a naturally congruent relationship. Many clergy and mental health providers are quite Read more
The Charter of Free Inquiry: The Buddha’s Timeless Toolkit for Critical Thinking and Combating Dogmatism
“Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor…”
Dr. Alan Smith, the bishop of St Albans, says proposed cuts will hit those the prime minister wants to help.
Right now, Islamophobia is hurting all of us South Asians, Muslim or not. On a very basic level, South Asians — from Hindus and Sikhs to atheists — are being dehumanized based upon how we look.
In principle, religion’s emphasis on morality can smooth wrinkles out of the social fabric. However, new research conducted in six countries around the world suggests that a religious upbringing may actually yield children who are less altruistic.
As a mental health professional, Adam said she encourages introspection. So while some young Muslims choose to distance themselves from their faith to avoid conflicts with classmates, she has seen the negative attention empower others to learn precisely what their faith teaches and embrace it.
Dallas County’s jail isn’t just one of largest jails in the country. It’s also the second largest mental health facility in Texas, after the Harris County jail. This week, about 5,500 people are locked up at the jail.
Exploitation of Holy Scripture is at its finest when you give a narcissist a Bible. In fact, all cult leaders have narcissistic tendencies.