“Although some of the symptoms of depression are the same for men and women, men who are depressed typically experience higher rates of externalizing behaviours and symptoms,” he says. “These include anger, aggression, risk taking, substance abuse, and immersing themselves in work. Women, on the other hand, tend more often to show internalizing behaviours like self blame, feelings of sadness and worthlessness, conflict avoidance, and trouble setting boundaries.”
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Please take a few minutes to check out some great information on his website.
I want to clear the confusion and walk with you through the path of transformation that God is calling all of us to. The purpose of this blog is to give you the tools to life a transformed life
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Important stats here on mental health and the church. Check it out!
“Our research found people who suffer from mental illness often turn to pastors for help,” said Ed Stetzer, LifeWay executive director, in a news release. “But pastors need more guidance and preparation for dealing with mental health crises. They often don’t have a plan to help individuals or families affected by mental illness, and miss opportunities to be the church.”
Other “key disconnects” uncovered by the study:
- Two-thirds of pastors (68 percent) say their church maintains a list of local mental health resources for church members. But few families (28 percent) are aware those resources exist.
- Only a quarter of churches (27 percent) have a plan to assist families affected by mental illness, according to pastors. And only 21 percent of family members are aware of a plan in their church.
- Few churches (14 percent) have a counselor skilled in mental illness on staff, or train leaders how to recognize mental illness (13 percent), according to pastors.
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Some really simple yet great thoughts on Depression in this article.
- Depression is a Faith Issue
- Depression Can be Prayer away
- Depression isn’t physical
- Depression shouldn’t be talked about
“By talking about depression, we slowly begin loosening its grip—allowing us to move in the direction of treatment, support and healing.
My deepest prayer is that as a body of believers, our attitudes would shift and our hearts would change as we work through this important issue. May we create an environment where we embrace those who are struggling and in pain rather than push them away. May we learn to be transparent—but more so, to accept the transparency of those around us.
Because at the end of the day, our weakness will always, always point us to the one who can make us strong. And isn’t that what Christianity is really about?”
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This was a great book I read during my health struggles. I would encourage anyone to read it. For more information check out Amazon.ca
Some great thoughts here:
“If campaigns can boost awareness, adjust attitudes and promote conversations around mental illness, the next step is to find ways to translate these gains into substantial public policy improvements.”
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Some fascinating stats on Mental Health in the US and Canada.