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Enough Suicides Each Year to Fill a Sports Stadium

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When a mechanic stole a plane from SEA-TAC airport, it first looked like a joy ride, but as air traffic controllers confirmed, the pilot stole the plane to commit suicide. While I’m inclined to give him points for going out with style, the reality is heartbreaking. What brought him to this point? What series of events in his life led him to believe there was no hope for a better tomorrow? According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US every year, with about 45,000 people committing suicide each year. Think about that a moment. 45,000 people is equivalent to a sports stadium full. If a terrorist bombed a sporting event, the nation would be devastated by the tragedy. But that many people commit suicide each year and no one cries out to put an end to suicide.     What’s even more disturbing than the suicide rate is the...

Five 5-Star Christian Books on Mental Health and Physical Disability

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When it comes to mental health issues, Christian responses are all over the board. That’s why I’ve been reading Christian books on depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. I want to hear a wide range of thoughts, but more importantly, I want to know which books to recommend on the topic. Out of my recent batch of a dozen books on the topic, I found five books worthy of a 5-star rating and worth reading if you have an interest in mental health from a Christian perspective.   Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace Michael S. Beates 2012 194 pages   Mental illness falls under a larger umbrella of physical illness and disability. Our theology for one ought to be the same for the other. I was absolutely delighted with the way Michael Beates went through the Bible discussing every instance of disability. It was astounding to read how many times God says...

Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: It Is the Beginning of Something New (A Message to Pastors)

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Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: It Is the Beginning of Something New (A Message to Pastors)

Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: When Quoting Scripture Is Not Enough (A Message to the Church)

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Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: When Quoting Scripture Is Not Enough (A Message to the Church)

Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: When You Or a Loved One Struggles, Remember You Are Not Alone

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Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: When You Or a Loved One Struggles, Remember You Are Not Alone

Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: It’s Time to Join the Companionship of Brokenness

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Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: It’s Time to Join the Companionship of Brokenness

15 Lessons from Proverbs on Being a Good Friend

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I envy people who have many friends. I envy people who even have one close friend. I envy people who intuitively know how to interact with people to build and maintain friendships. For most of my life, I never had a friendship last more than two years, and most of those relationships were significantly shorter. Then, I found a friend who stuck with me through thick and thin for more than five years. I thought I’d found the friend of a lifetime, but even that relationship imploded because I finally became too much to handle. I can be intense, especially with bipolar disorder adding mood swings and erratic behavior to the relationship. The truly sad part is when a relationship implodes (and it has happened more times than I wish to admit), I never know what I did wrong. I’m truly clueless about relationships and social skills. In addition to grieving the loss of a good friend, I spend...

Isaiah 53 Video

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Isaiah 53 Video