The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens (Free Spirit Publishing, 1994)

In spite of the publication date of this book, it was one of the most practical and down-to-earth books about helping teens with suicide. This book is far from academic but is a great resource for those working in schools, church youth groups, and civic youth organizations. This book will teach you how to save a teens life who is contemplating suicide. It is a must read for those working in suicide prevention.

Pastors are trained for spiritual struggle, they’re not trained for mental illness. Read how well Churches are Dealing with Mental Illness

This post first appeared in the Orange County Herald and written by a staff writer Erika Ritchie. As I read it this morning, I found myself saying we have got to get this message out. I challenge you to read this article as a Pastor or consistent church attender and let the Holy Spirit speak to you.

Until Next Time,

Dr. Mike

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Pastors Support the Use of Medication to treat Mental Illness

David Mandani heard voices telling him to kill himself. He was paranoid. He saw things others didn’t.

He was spiraling out of control.

Mandani was hospitalized but ran away. Family members found him in a park and asked police for help. He was put in an ambulance, tied down and taken to a psychiatric lockdown facility where he spent several weeks strapped to his bed. His condition was diagnosed as schizophrenia.

Medication and counseling helped clear up the voices and irrational beliefs. Still, he relapsed six times over the next seven years.

He struggled and felt hopeless and sought help from clergy at six churches. Ashamed of his diagnosis, he didn’t mention it. Clergy prayed with him, over him and for him. In one case he was told to repent.

“They dismissed it. They didn’t see it was a health care issue,” Mandani said.

Mandani’s diagnosis was almost 20 years ago, but his experiences ring true today. A recently released national study conducted by an evangelical group found the stigma of mental illness is still real inside the church. While clergy are often a first resource, the study found many pastors can’t ― or don’t want to ― assist people struggling with mental illness. The study also showed a disparity between what clergy thought they were doing compared to the help parishioners said they received.

According to a study of faith and mental illness compiled by Nashville-based LifeWay Research, most Protestant senior pastors

Still Under Construction

As you can tell, the website is still under construction. I am working hard to have a functional site that helps our Assembly of God Churches to reduce suicide in their community, as well as, minister effectively to those battling mental illness.

This is a growing need in our Churches and it is my hope to be a resource for you!

Until next time,

Dr. Mike