Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Mental Health @ RFC

I am currently reading 'Grace for the afflicted' by Dr M Stanford, which seeks to give a Clinical and Biblical perspective on Mental Illness. It's not an easy read but I find it very stimulating.

Statistically, 1 in 4 people will suffer from Mental Health related illnesses and yet there is still massive amounts of stigma associated with it, especially amongst Christians.

If someone contracts heart disease and another Schizophrenia, I can guess which sufferer will most likely request public prayer during a meeting.

On Saturday 7 November, RFC will be hosting a day entitled 'Cloudy days in Summer' which we hope will give people both permission and a framework to discuss Mental Health issues.

We hope that the day will lay a theological foundation for Mental Health issues and equip us to approach them with a holistic, spiritual perspective. We also plan to look at various treatments and how to best support someone suffering from this type of illness.

The details of each session are still shaping up so if you have any thoughts please do contact me.


Sue said...
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Karen said...

This is an issue very close to my heart and I'm so glad to see that it's being met head on, without prejudice or judgement. You're right, there is still an unacceptable stigma to it, but I firmly believe that's down to the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of a very complex and distressing condition.

Anonymous said...

dude - maybe something from accounts of those who have experienced mental illness - there are lots of accounts- I thought Prozac nation was useful - also i guess we all have cloudy days sometimes but to differnt degrees