People who go to church usually have better mental health than people who don’t. Almost half of people facing a mental illness crisis turn to the church first. Still …
People Fear Stigma and Discrimination, Even at Church
Lots of people are worried that people at church will discriminate against them if they know about their mental illness. In the very place where everyone wants an authentic community, many people with mental illnesses are living behind masks.
- You hear that someone won’t say she has bipolar because she’s afraid no one will trust her to teach their children in Sunday School.
- You discover that the person with the brightest Sunday morning smile can barely get out of bed due to depression.
- You learn that someone in your Bible study tried to kill himself when he received a terminal diagnosis.
And you ask … How could I not have known? Continue reading