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Suicide: How Faith Communities Can Provide Hope and Promote Healing

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Suicide: How Faith Communities Can Provide Hope and Promote HealingMore than 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. It is this country's 10th leading cause of death, and is often characterized as a response to a single event or set of circumstances. However, unlike these popular conceptions, suicide is a much more involved phenomenon. The factors that contribute to any particular suicide are diverse and complex, so our efforts to understand it must incorporate many approaches.



Transforming Psychological Trauma: How Faith Communities Can Promote Healing

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Transforming Psychological TraumaPsychological trauma most often arises from abusive interpersonal events – child abuse, rape, domestic violence, captivity, combat – events in which one fears for one’s life or the life of others or experiences intense fear, helplessness or horror, or from the witnessing or learning of a violent tragic event. The experience of betrayal magnifies the negative power of the experience and can be the difference between what is simply a bad experience, and a traumatic experience.

Mental Illness and College Students

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Mental Illness and College StudentsFor many college students the first time they are away from home is when they enter higher education. The college experience is challenging for all students as they navigate through making new friends, achieving academic success, establishing their identity, learning to live independently, and planning their futures.

Creating Caring Congregations

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Creating Caring CongregationsThe sharing of personal stories and experiences provides a way to give voice to those who have suffered in silence, and allows churches to begin the process of reaching out and providing compassionate care to those affected by disorders of the brain.

Mental Illness in Older Adults: An Opportunity for Spiritual Growth

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Mental Illness in Older Adults: An Opportunity for Spiritual GrowthDepression is not a normal part of the aging process. Everyone feels sad or "blue" from time to time. But growing older involves adjusting to life changes that often involve loss: of loved ones, of familiar routines, of physical health. Depression is the most common emotional disorder in older adults, occuring in about one in seven people over 65.

Mental Illness: Coping with the Holidays

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Mental Illness: Coping with the HolidaysThe holidays are especially difficult when our own feelings of sadness, loneliness, depression and anxiety are the opposite of the "Hallmark" images we see all around us.

Guidelines for Clergy: Providing Pastoral Care to Persons with Mental Illness and Their Family

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Guidelines for Clergy: Providing Pastoral Care to Persons with Mental Illness and Their FamilyClergy need to educate themselves about mental illness so they can help their congregation provide appropriate support and friendship.

Comfort from the Scriptures

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Comfort from the ScripturesBible verses of comfort for persons with a mental illness. From the New Revised Standard Version.

Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum DepressionAt least one in ten new mothers experience various degress of postpartum depression. These feelings can occur within days after delivery or appear gradually sometimes up to a year or more later.

1 in 4 Households in Your Church is Afraid to Tell You This Secret

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1 in 4 Households in Your Church is Afraid to Tell You This SecretBy Carlene Hill Byron - first published by Vision New England's Ministries with the Disabled, Acton, Massachusetts. How many families in your church have a loved one who struggles with mental health problems? That's kind of a trick question. People don't talk about mental health problems.